Aaron Swartz
November 8, 1986 – January 11, 2013

Aaron was arrested for "unlawfully" downloading academic documents from JSTOR. JSTOR dropped the charges, but a misguided prosecutor continued with the case; likely for career progression. After a year and a half in the court system, and facing 35 years in prison if found guilty, Aaron committed suicide.

Although I'd never met Aaron, he was someone I respected and admired.

Swartz co-authored the "RSS 1.0" specification of RSS and the online activism group Demand Progress.

For remember, we live in a world where the architects of the financial crisis regularly dine at the White House — and where even those brought to “justice” never even have to admit any wrongdoing, let alone be labeled “felons.”

In that world, the question this government needs to answer is why it was so necessary that Aaron Swartz be labeled a “felon.” For in the 18 months of negotiations, that was what he was not willing to accept, and so that was the reason he was facing a million dollar trial in April.
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