Aaron Swartz, dies at 26 By John Schwartz
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#2 Jan 12, 2013
And thief of millions of MIT scientific documents.
#3 Jan 13, 2013
Online 'folk hero' pushed to make many Web files free and open to public
Aaron Swartz, a wizardly programmer who as a teenager helped develop code that delivered ever-changing Web content to users and who later became a steadfast crusader to make that information freely available, was found dead on Friday in his New York apartment..
An uncle, Michael Wolf, said that Mr. Swartz, 26, had apparently hanged himself, and that a friend of Mr. Swartzs had discovered the body.
At 14, Mr. Swartz helped create RSS, the nearly ubiquitous tool that allows users to subscribe to online information. He later became an Internet folk hero, pushing to make many Web files free and open to the public. But in July 2011, he was indicted on federal charges of gaining illegal access to JSTOR, a subscription-only service for distributing scientific and literary journals, and downloading 4.8 million articles and documents, nearly the entire library.
Charges in the case, including wire fraud and computer fraud, were pending at the time of Mr. Swartzs death, carrying potential penalties of up to 35 years in prison and $1 million in fines.
In an effort to provide free public access to JSTOR, he broke into computer networks at M.I.T. by means that included gaining entry to a utility closet on campus and leaving a laptop that signed into the university network under a false account, federal officials said.
Mr. Swartz turned over his hard drives with 4.8 million documents, and JSTOR declined to pursue the case. But Carmen M. Ortiz, a United States attorney, pressed on
Mr. Malamud said that while he did not approve of Mr. Swartzs actions at M.I.T.,access to knowledge and access to justice have become all about access to money, and Aaron tried to change that. That should never have been considered a criminal activity.
This article has been revised to reflect the following correction by The New York Times:
An earlier version of this article incorrectly identified the police who arrested Mr. Swartz, and when they did so. The police were from Cambridge, Mass., not the Massachusetts Institute of Technology campus force, and the arrest occurred two years before Mr. Swartzs suicide, but not two years to the day.
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“you're not the boss of me!”
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the road less traveled.....
#4 Jan 13, 2013
this one really saddened me...he was a bright kid, socially awkward like many computer nerds. A terrible loss.
“ASPIRE 2 INSPIRE B4 U EXPIRE”
Since: Jul 08
#5 Jan 13, 2013
Of course the conspiracy nuts are saying that he was killed on the Presidents orders.
#6 Jan 14, 2013
Someone I admire once said,,,,,,,,,,
"ASPIRE 2 INSPIRE B4 U EXPIRE
,,,,,,,always felt those were some of the wisest words I'd read.
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