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[liberationtech] Tragic News: Aaron Swartz commits suicide
shava23 at gmail.com
Sat Jan 12 10:03:52 PST 2013
I can't even think about this, what a loss to our community, what a light
guttered out so young!
On Jan 12, 2013 3:36 AM, "Yosem Companys" <companys at stanford.edu> wrote:
> This is a tragic loss and a terrible blow to the liberationtech community.
> Aaron Swartz commits suicide
> Web Update
> By Anne Cai
> NEWS EDITOR; UPDATED AT 2:15 A.M. 1/12/13
> 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.
> “The tragic and heartbreaking information you received is,
> regrettably, true,” confirmed Swartz’ attorney, Elliot R. Peters of
> Kecker and Van Nest, in an email to The Tech.
> Swartz was indicted in July 2011 by a federal grand jury for allegedly
> mass downloading documents from the JSTOR online journal archive with
> the intent to distribute them. He subsequently moved to Brooklyn, New
> York, where he then worked for Avaaz Foundation, a nonprofit “global
> web movement to bring people-powered politics to decision-making
> everywhere.” Swartz appeared in court on Sept. 24, 2012 and pleaded
> not guilty.
> The accomplished Swartz co-authored the now widely-used RSS 1.0
> specification at age 14, was one of the three co-owners of the popular
> social news site Reddit, and completed a fellowship at Harvard’s
> Ethics Center Lab on Institutional Corruption. In 2010, he founded
> DemandProgress.org, a “campaign against the Internet censorship bills
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