Aaron Swartz court case

Aaron Swartz was a computer programmer, responsible for many things including the creation of the social news site known as Reddit. He was an advocate of free flowing information via the internet, as well as freedom of knowledge in general. He was found dead on January 11th, 2013, the cause of death being self inflected hanging. The cause of Swartz’s suicide is not confirmed. but most people, including his ex-girlfriend, believe that his potential sentence of 35 years in prison and/or his potential one million dollar fine may have lead him to kill himself (Franceschi-Bicchierai, 2013). Swartz’s trouble with the law was based on the fact that he linked his computer to MIT’s computer system to download and share millions of articles on the paid database (Cohen, 2013). Aaron Swartz’s death was a national tragedy in my opinion, and hopefully the government will learn to handle information violations differently so that the world will not suffer the loss of future geniuses such as Swartz.


Franceschi-Bicchierai, L. (2013, February 5). Aaron Swartz’s Girlriend Explains Why Aaron Died. Retrieved from http://mashable.com/2013/02/05/aaron-swartz-girlfriend-why-he-died/
Cohen, A. (2013, January 18). Was Aaron Swartz Really Killed by the Government. Time Ideas. Retrieved from http://ideas.time.com/2013/01/18/was-aaron-swartz-really-killed-by-the-government/

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