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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JAlexoid
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2009-05-19

Condolences to the family and friends. It has to be a horrible corner that Aaron was squeezed into to do that.

Whoever is for this kind of copyright infringement enforcement is just a madman. 50 years is more than a life in prison sentence. A pre-meditated murder carries less that 50 years. Whoever thinks that a jail sentence is appropriate for non-violent crimes is just one of the people that got that poor kid into that state. (This story is following the one where the CEO of AIG is suing US government for inadequate conditions imposed on their bailout)

I've been on the verge of suicide 3 times and getting away from it was one of the hardest things I could do. But it was only due to support from my family and the prospects of a better tomorrow. US government(read content mafia and loudmouth f*ckers like Ari Emanuel) did everything to make sure that the kid could not see a positive future for himself.

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