Internet Activist Aaron Swartz Commits Suicide At 26

Sun, January 13, 2013 10:26am EDT by 4 Comments
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How sad. Reddit co-founder Aaron Swartz, who helped create RSS at 14, was found dead on Friday Jan. 11 — he committed suicide.

Aaron Swartz, 26, was found hanging in his apartment on Friday Jan. 11, according to a new report.

At 14-years-old, the internet guru helped create RSS, the software that is used universally to allow people to subscribe to information from the Internet. In recent years, Aaron became somewhat of an activist for free online access to all kinds of Internet files.

Due to this, Aaron had federal charges filed against him in 2011. The charges claimed that he’d downloaded 4.8 million articles and other documents from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with the intention of posting them to a file-sharing site.

Although he pleaded not guilty, the prospect of the trial was too much for him, his family said.

“Aaron’s insatiable curiosity, creativity, and brilliance; his reflexive empathy and capacity for selfless, boundless love; his refusal to accept injustice as inevitable — these gifts made the world, and our lives, far brighter,” the family’s statement in part read, according to Chicago Tribune.

“I had this vision of the feds crashing down the door, taking everything away,” Aaron said of his arrest two years ago. He said he locked the door, lay down on his bed and called his mom.

Our thoughts are with Aaron’s friends and family at this difficult time.

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S.V.K.

Posted at 5:55 PM on January 13, 2013  

Should be a real investigation into this brilliant man’s doing’s, I am a firm believer that a one time fee on the net ,it is out of control to keep charging a high monthly fee.I am waiting for a bill to start coming to pay for air that keeps me alive, Sounds crazy, but if it can be done in future greed will raise its ugly head. This is such a sad ending for Aaron Swartz.

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Brand- Newo

Posted at 12:55 PM on January 13, 2013  

maybe it was something else that made he to do suicide and Rip

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Deanna Natoli Castro

Posted at 11:32 AM on January 13, 2013  

I think it probably was not suicide.

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cuckoo

Posted at 11:11 AM on January 13, 2013  

very sad, may he rest in peace.

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