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Aaron Swartz : 1986 – 2013

Aaron Swartz : 1986 - 2013

Aaron Swartz : 1986 – 2013

To every hardcore netizens, programmer, and hackers, everyone know who Aaron Swartz was. He was a computer programmer, writer, archivist, political organizer, Internet activist and also a long time supporter of Open Access.

Swartz was a member of the RSS-DEV Working Group that co-authored the “RSS 1.0” specification of RSS, and built the Web site framework web.py and the architecture for the Open Library. He also built Infogami, a company that merged with Reddit in its early days, through which he became an equal owner of the merged company. Swartz also focused on sociology, civic awareness and activism. In 2010 he was a member of the Harvard University Center for Ethics. He co-founded the online group Demand Progress (known for its campaign against the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA)) and later worked with U.S. and international activist groups Rootstrikers and Avaaz.

Swartz was significantly involved with a campaign to prevent the passing of the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) bill that sought to monitor the Internet for copyright violations and would have made it easier for the U.S. government to shut down websites accused of violating copyright.

On January 6, 2011, as a result of a federal investigation, Swartz was arrested in connection with systematic downloading of academic journal articles from JSTOR. Swartz opposed JSTOR’s practice of compensating publishers, rather than authors, out of the fees it charges for access to articles. Swartz contended that JSTOR’s fees limited access to academic work produced at American colleges and universities.

On the morning of January 11, 2013, Swartz was found dead in his Crown Heights, Brooklyn apartment, where he had hanged himself.

His funeral services were scheduled today (January 15, 2013), at Central Avenue Synagogue in Highland Park, Illinois.

Yeah, we lost Aaron Swartz. But his legacy will continue. And the example of this is by not letting the enacting of Cyber Crime Law (Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012) and support the Freedom Of Information Bill in our country.

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“[Aaron Swartz] was doing this not to hurt anybody, not for personal gain, but because he believed that information should be free and open, and he felt it would help a lot of people.” – Kelly Caine

“[Aaron Swartz] was doing this not to hurt anybody, not for personal gain, but because he believed that information should be free and open, and he felt it would help a lot of people.” – Kelly Caine

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