Report: hacker activist Aaron Swartz commits suicide
Saturday, January 12, 2013
The programmer, activist, and early Reddit cofounder reportedly committed suicide yesterday in New York City. He was 26. Swartz's death is reported confirmed by both Swartz's uncle and his attorney to , the campus newspaper of the .
In 2011, Swartz was arrested and charged for downloading two-thirds of the material on FBI for downloading 20% of , a database of documents related to US federal court cases., a repository of academic journal articles. Last year, on September 24, he pleaded not guilty to the charges against him. He had previously attracted the attention of the
Swartz was active in the world of free culture and open source software. When he was 14, he worked on the RSS 1.0 specification, a standard for syndicating news articles in Reddit. Swartz also founded Demand Progress, a progressive activist group dealing with civil liberties issues.. He also worked on a -backed startup called Infogami which was merged with the popular news sharing site
- "Aaron Swartz arrested and charged for downloading JSTOR articles" — Wikinews, July 23, 2011