January 13, 2013

RIP, Aaron Swartz

Cory Doctrow, Boing Boing


My friend Aaron Swartz committed suicide yesterday, Jan 11. He was 26. I got woken up with the news about an hour ago. I'm still digesting it -- I suspect I'll be digesting it for a long time -- but I thought it was important to put something public up so that we could talk about it. Aaron was a public guy.

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January 13, 2013
Co-Creator of RSS at 14, Dies at 26
John Schwartz, New York Times
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... more ››
January 13, 2013
Programming Prodigy Commits Suicide at 26
Sam Gustin, Time
Aaron Swartz, the brilliant young software programmer and Internet activist who inspired awe and reverence from leading figures in the technology world, died in his Brooklyn apartment on Friday, his family said in a statement.... more ››
January 13, 2013
Feds Go Overboard in Prosecuting Activist
Timothy B. Lee, Ars Tech
When I was in grad school, we had a "visitor" WiFi network available to people visiting campus. The network was only supposed to be used by guests; access was automatically cut off after two weeks to force students and staff to... more ››
January 13, 2013
Coder and Activist, Dead at 26
Kevin Poulsen, Wired
We often say, upon the passing of a friend or loved one, that the world is a poorer place for the loss. But with the untimely death of programmer and activist Aaron Swartz, this isn’t just a sentiment; it’s literally... more ››
January 13, 2013
Aaron Swartz, American Hero
Tim Lee, Washington Post
Paul Graham, the founder of angel investing firm Y Combinator, has mentored generations of Silicon Valley whiz kids. In an essay about hackers and the role they’ve played driving technology forward, he wrote that... more ››