Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 12th Jan 2013 20:25 UTC
In the News "Computer activist Aaron H. Swartz committed suicide in New York City yesterday, Jan. 11, according to his uncle, Michael Wolf, in a comment to The Tech. Swartz was 26." Swartz was one of three co-creators of Reddit, worked on the RSS 1.0 specification at age 14, and so many other things. Swartz faced decades in prison for downloading a collection of JSTOR scientific articles. JSTOR dropped charges, but the US government pursued the case anyway, demanding fifty years in jail. Lawrence Lessig, one of his close friends: "Aaron had literally done nothing in his life 'to make money'. He was fortunate Reddit turned out as it did, but from his work building the RSS standard, to his work architecting Creative Commons, to his work liberating public records, to his work building a free public library, to his work supporting Change Congress/FixCongressFirst/Rootstrikers, and then Demand Progress, Aaron was always and only working for (at least his conception of) the public good. He was brilliant, and funny. A kid genius. A soul, a conscience, the source of a question I have asked myself a million times: What would Aaron think? That person is gone today, driven to the edge by what a decent society would only call bullying. I get wrong. But I also get proportionality. And if you don't get both, you don't deserve to have the power of the United States government behind you." Our sincere condolences to his family and friends. We've just lost one of the good guys.
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Comment by shmerl
by shmerl on Sun 13th Jan 2013 02:01 UTC
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He was also instrumental in stopping SOPA/PIPA which eventually led to ACTA being dropped as well.

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RE: Comment by shmerl
by fossil on Sun 13th Jan 2013 06:05 in reply to "Comment by shmerl"
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Thanks for the link. Explains why the government would want to destroy him: the RIAA/MPAA media probably wanted it and their Federal toadies cheerfully obeyed. Meanwhile the scum that stole trillions of dollars, wrecked the world economy, and paid themselves billions in bonuses with U.S. taxpayer dollars haven't even had their wrists slapped, much less been prosecuted. If Schwartz' crimes were worth 50 years, the Wall Street bankers, brokers, and insurance companies should be given corporate death sentences and their officers sentenced to thousands of years in jail each with no possibility of parole or pardon and their estates confiscated.

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