Farewell Aaron Swartz (1986-2013)


One of us is no more.

Com­puter ac­tivist Aaron H. Swartz com­mit­ted suicide in New York City yes­ter­day, Jan. 11.

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 SOPA/​PIPA.”

He de­serves a eu­logy more elo­quent than what I am ca­pa­ble of writ­ing. Here’s Cory Doc­torow’s, one of his long time friends.

It’s a sad world in which you are be­ing ar­rested and grand jury’d for down­load­ing sci­en­tific jour­nals and pa­pers with the in­tent to share them.