On Friday January 11, 2013, well-known online activist and hacker Aaron Swartz committed suicide in New York at the age of 26. An internet legend, Swartz had been active since he was in his early teens, helping to build well-known products such as RSS and Reddit. He was also a founder of Demand Progress. Swartz's death has quickly led to an outpouring of online remembrances, but also of calls to action. Swartz was indicted on federal charges in 2011 for a mass download of articles from copyrighted academic database JSTOR while on the campus of MIT. His case was set to go to trial this spring.You can find all of our articles about Aaron Swartz and his legacy here.
Too little, too late
The DRM-free film will hit video on demand platforms timed to its theatrical release on June 27th
"MIT didn't do anything wrong; but we didn't do ourselves proud."
To understand his contributions, we have to look beyond the headlines
Friends, family, and colleagues share stories of the activist's life and work
Unsubstantiated statements implicate US Secret Service in Swartz's prosecution and break WikiLeaks' own 'doxxing' rules
At the center of Aaron Swartz's controversial case is a 1986 anti-hacking law gone horribly wrong