Written by: Graeme Philipson | Published in: RegulationThe suicide of Internet activist Aaron Swartz diminishes us all, but will hasten the demise of what he fought against.
Aaron Swartz, the Internet activist and RSS 1.0 co-creator, committed suicide last week and now even Linus Torvalds has made some statements regarding this delicate subject. The death of Aaron Swartz came as a surprise for a lot of people. It seems that the reason for his gesture was the prospect of spendin... (read more)
In a heartfelt tumblr, the girlfriend of fallen Internet activist, Aaron Swartz, explained why she thinks he committed suicide. After revealing intimate details of his seemingly chipper, curious lifestyle, Taren Stinebrickner-Kauffman argues that “I believe Aaron’s death was caused by exhaustion, by fear, and by uncertainty.
In the wake of Internet activist Aaron Swartz’s suicide before his impending court case, Silicon Valley Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren (CrunchGov Grade: A) has proposed a bill that may have prevented the government from overzealous prosecution.
Attorney General Eric Holder claims critics are wrong to blame prosecutors for misconduct in the handling of Internet activist Aaron Swartz.
Swartz committed suicide after allegedly facing 50+ years in prison for releasing millions of pay-walled academic articles.
After news about Internet activist Aaron Swartz’s suicide on Friday started to spread across the Internet, many at least partly blamed MIT for the 26-year-old hacktivist’s death. This included his own family, which openly criticized the way MIT handled Swartz’s case after the school detected his attempts to download millions of articles from JSTOR in 2011. MIT president L.
It’s been one week since the death of Aaron Swartz, the prominent programmer and digital activist who took his own life as he was facing federal prosecution for computer fraud after he allegedly used the network at MIT to illegally download a large cache of scientific journals from JSTOR.
An online tribute to Aaron Swartz, the 26-year-old activist who helped create RSS and committed suicide this past week, has attracted more than 1,500 links to research and academic papers. The site with the full list of links and research is here.
It’s an effort to honor Swartz, who faced up to 35 years in prison and $1 million in fines after he downloaded 4.8 million documents from JSTOR.
The Aaron Swartz tragedy has unleashed an intense debate about computer “crime” and the US criminal justice system. Heavyweights like Lessig, Doctorow, Greenwald, Masnick, Wu and Kerr have all written with great passion about the case. But the one article that really resonated with me was written by the Harvard Business Review blogger James Allworth.