Saturday, 12 January 2013

Aaron Swartz: 1986-2013

Internet activist, freedom of information and anti-censorship campaigner, co-inventor RSS, co-founder Reddit, founder Demand Progress, Chomsky reader, queer.

"There is no justice in following unjust laws."

Aaron committed suicide on Friday while awaiting trial for alleged computer hacking, and a claim he was planning to distribute documents taken from MIT.

"Aaron’s death is not simply a personal tragedy. It is the product of a criminal justice system rife with intimidation and prosecutorial overreach. Decisions made by officials in the Massachusetts U.S. Attorney’s office and at MIT contributed to his death. The US Attorney’s office pursued an exceptionally harsh array of charges, carrying potentially over 30 years in prison, to punish an alleged crime that had no victims."
Statement by his family and partner.

Remind you of anyone?

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