Aaron H. Swarts(November 8, 1986 – January 11, 2013) was web programmer and an activist, the co-founder of Reddit, the developer of RSS and much more. The tech genius however is no-more, he committed suicide…
He was found dead at his apartment in Brooklyn; seems he hanged himself. His close-ones are in a shock and can’t still believe that he passed away. The family and partner of Swartz created a memorial Web site on which they issued a statement, saying, “He used his prodigious skills as a programmer and technologist not to enrich himself but to make the Internet and the world a fairer, better place.”
Swartz was born in Chicago, Illinois, the son of Susan and Robert Swartz.. At the age of 14 Swartz was part of the development of the RSS 1.0 Specification. The RSS as you all know, is an immense worldwide which provide updated contents and feeds from webpages and a great gift to us bloggers. Later he attended the Stanford University but dropped out and went on to find Infogami which later merged with Reddit. the social networking news site in November 2005. Reddit was later sold to Wired and he moved to work with it in San Fransisco but later found himself unhappy with it. In a blog post in November 2006, Swartz wrote:
“The first day I showed up here, I simply couldn’t take it. By lunch time I had literally locked myself in a bathroom stall and started crying.”
Technology activist Cory Doctorow said on his blog about Swartz when he was 14, — courtesy CNN.com
“In so many ways, he was an adult, even then, with a kind of intense, fast intellect that really made me feel like he was part and parcel of the Internet society,”.
“But Aaron was also a person who’d had problems with depression for many years,”. He added that “whatever problems Aaron was facing, killing himself didn’t solve them. Whatever problems Aaron was facing, they will go unsolved forever.”
Aaron was a tireless hacker and was a huge supporter of information freedom in the internet. He also worked for many causes such as the Creative Commons, the Internet Archive’s free public catalog of books, OpenLibrary.org, and in 2010 founded Demand Progress, a political group which stood against Internet censorship.
Swartz was part of the campaign to prevent the passing of the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) bill that sought to monitor the Internet for copyright violations and finally the bill didn’t pass.
The 26 year also have faced a lot of legal problems mostly on computer fraud and illegally obtaining documents of public interest from secure websites and publishing it openly. On 2011, he was arrested for hacking data from MIT( Massachusetts Institute of Technology). According to the indictment against him, Swartz surreptitiously attached a laptop to MIT’s computer network, which allowed him to “rapidly download an extraordinary volume of articles from JSTOR.”
Swartz’s funeral services will be held on January 15, 2013, at Central Avenue Synagogue in Highland Park, Illinois.
MAY HE REST IN PEACE!
- Tech World Saddened by Death of Internet Activist Aaron Swartz (theatlanticwire.com)
- Hacker and Reddit co-founder Aaron Swartz dies (theverge.com)
- Web pioneer and activist Aaron Swartz dead at 26 (venturebeat.com)