26 Year Old Reddit Co Founder Aaron Swartz Commits Suicide
Internet prodigy Aaron Swartz committed suicide at the age of 26. Aaron’s body was found hanging in his Brooklyn, New York apartment by the Police on Friday 11th January 2013. The news of Aaron’s death was reveled by his uncle Michael Wolf. The 26 year old Brainiac was facing Federal charges in a fraud case.
Swartz, if convicted, faced a maximum of $4 million in fines and more than 50 years in prison after the government increased the number of felony counts against Swartz from 4 to 13
The grief stricken family Aaron Swartz issued a statement stating there complain against government as to why they had labeled Aaron as a felon when only he tried to do is make internet a better place with his computer skills.
He used his prodigious skills as a programmer and technologist not to enrich himself but to make the Internet and the world a fairer, better place. The question this government needs to answer is why it was so necessary that Aaron Swartz be labeled a felon.
Aaron Swartz cannot be forgotten for his contribution to the first specifications of RSS Feeds at the age of 14. With the development of RSS Feeds plethora of information was made available to general users for reading and that too freely. Infact Aaron stated in his blog post in 2008
Information is power. But like all power, there are those who want to keep it for themselves
The world’s entire scientific and cultural heritage, published over centuries in books and journals, is increasingly being digitized and locked up by a handful of private corporations … sharing isn’t immoral — it’s a moral imperative. Only those blinded by greed would refuse to let a friend make a copy
Aaron was a strong opponent of SOPA and PIPA which took the internet world with storm. He was a great thinker and an activist. We wish his sole to Rest in Peace