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Aaron Swartz

"THE INTERNET'S OWN BOY"

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Aaron Hillel Swartz (November 8, 1986 – January 11, 2013) was an American computer programmer, writer, political organizer and Internet activist.
Swartz was involved in the development of the web feed format RSS, the organization Creative Commons, the website framework web.py and the social news site, Reddit, in which he became a partner after its merger with his company, Infogami.
Swartz's later work focused on sociology, civic awareness and activism. He helped launch the Progressive Change Campaign Committee in 2009 to learn more about effective online activism. In 2010 he became a research fellow at Harvard University's Safra Research Lab on Institutional Corruption, directed by Lawrence Lessig. He founded the online group Demand Progress, known for its campaign against the Stop Online Piracy Act.
On January 6, 2011, Swartz was arrested by MIT police on state breaking-and-entering charges, after systematically downloading academic journal articles from JSTOR. Federal prosecutors later charged him with two counts of wire fraud and 11 violations of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, carrying a cumulative maximum penalty of $1 million in fines, 35 years in prison, asset forfeiture, restitution and supervised release.
Two years later, two days after the prosecution denied his lawyer's second offer of a plea bargain, Swartz was found dead in his Brooklyn, New York apartment, where he had hanged himself.
In June 2013, Swartz was posthumously inducted into the Internet Hall of Fam

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A dynamic and tragic portrait of the life of Reddit co-founder and computer prodigy Aaron Swartz, a champion of open access who grew up to lead the internet community into a new age of data sharing and free speech. 

on August 5, 2016
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img Roni Lagnada posted a review

even though of many accused from him he made many good things to all!

on July 25, 2016
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Demand Progress, which launched the campaign against the Internet censorship bills (SOPA/PIPA) and now has over a million members. He is also a Contributing Editor to The Baffler and on the Council of Advisors to The Rules.

He is a frequent television commentator and the author of numerous articles on a variety of topics, especially the corrupting influence of big money on institutions including nonprofits, the media, politics, and public opinion. From 2010-11, he researched these topics as a Fellow at the Harvard Ethics Center Lab on Institutional Corruption. He also served on the board of Change Congress, a good government nonprofit.

He has also developed the site theinfo.org. His landmark analysis of Wikipedia, Who Writes Wikipedia?, has been widely cited.

on July 17, 2016
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Hitler may be a badass, but he's downright evil. Moral Indicator is, as its name suggests, a measurement of someone's morality. Is he a good guy? Is he a villain? You decide!

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"To say Swartz was a prodigy is an understatement. As an unknown teenager he was a co-designer of tools – like RSS and Markdown and of services like Reddit – that shaped the evolution of the web. He was also the kid who wrote most of the code underpinning Creative Commons, an inspired system that uses copyright law to give ordinary people control over how their digital creations can be used by others.

But Swartz was far more than an immensely-gifted programmer. The Storyville film includes home movies which show the entrancing, voraciously-inquisitive toddler who was father to the man. As he grew, he displayed the same open, questioning attitude to life one sees in other geniuses who are always asking “why?” and “why not?” and driving normal people nuts."

on July 16, 2016
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His work and campaigning reshaped the internet, copyright law and activism itself. Swartz became something of a martyr to the cause of information freedom after his suicide in 2013 while facing a possible 35 years in prison for, effectively, downloading academic papers with the intention of making them more accessible to everyone. Director Brian Knappenberger deftly elucidates the technical and legal aspects of the case, as well as Swartz's contributions to defeating the Stop Online Piracy Act and other significant achievements, such as developing the web feed format RSS and cofounding Reddit. Illustrated by home-video material, news footage and testimony from friends and family, the film builds up a portrait of a brilliant, driven, complex young man who's likely to be an iconic figure in the future, a sort of digital-age Che Guevara. One star detracted for the invasive, button-pushing soundtrack.

on July 11, 2016

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Aaron Swartz could have achieved so much more if he didn't kill himself. He helped found Reddit and set the standard of RSS, Markdown and Creative Commons, all of which are ubiquitous on the web nowadays.

on January 21, 2016

Ng Man FBI agency should be blamed and do apology.

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img Big Cheese posted a review

Thank you Aaron, for following your inner light in service to us all.

In my opinion, an activist and freedom fighter like Aaron has no reason to kill himself, because, from the start, he placed the greater good of all over his own personal well-being. All his actions reflect that. Far more likely, he was suicided. Killed by a corrupt, corporate fascist 'government', which did not want to see him rise to greater prominence after the SOPA success.

on January 21, 2016
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Aaron Swartz was a good young man who committed suicide because he couldn't handle FBI's harrassment, a method frequently used by the agencies around the world to break activists. The threat of imprisonment was so great that Swartz chose to end his life rather than fight.

Swartz was a bit cowardly. I guess he was unprepared to live like a true activist.

on January 20, 2016
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On 2013 Jan 11, Aaron passed away because of government injustice. The world will never forget Aaron greatness.

on January 12, 2016
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img Ng Man posted a review

internet hero of the hero !!
beautiful yet powerful software framework !!

on June 19, 2014
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