19 posts and columns on Aaron Swartz
News ByteInternet activist Aaron Swartz for his alleged computer crimes, a course of action which some have claimed contributed to Swartz’s recent suicide. Swartz’s death sparked a widespread outrage among the Web community, causing many to call for reform of the Justice Department’s computer-hacking laws.
News Bytecommitted suicide on Friday. As first reported by The Hill, dropping charges against a deceased defendant is standard practice. In a statement on Saturday, Swartz’s family blamed prosecutorial zealotry, in part, for Swartz’s death.
News Bytecommitted suicide in New York City on Friday. He was 26. Swartz, who suffered from depression, was facing charges for illegally downloading 4.8 million documents from the academic archive JSTOR. He was beloved in information activist circles and beyond, and already a number of eulogies to him have popped up online — among them pieces by Stanford law professor Larry Lessig, Metafilter founder Matt Haughey, BoingBoing’s Cory Doctorow and Brewster Kahle, founder of the Internet Archive.