RSS and Reddit Pioneer Aaron Swartz Commits Suicide After Online Activism Legal Issues.

Aaron Swartz at a PIPA protestAaron Swartz, the co-developer of the specification of  RSS – in which he was involved in at just age 14 – has committed suicide. He also developed Reddit.

The 26-year-old has hanged himself in his apartment. He was facing multiple years in prison due to his online activism.

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If convicted, he could have faced a 4 million dollar fine as well as nearly 50 years in prison.

Swartz was plagued by legal problems due to his  Internet activism, co-founding Demand Progress – a political action group promoting freedom on the internet.

In 2011, he was arrested in Boston for supposedly taking part in computer fraud as well as allegedly obtaining documents illegally.

Swartz’s family and partner have released a statement reminding all of his "commitment to social justice,"

According to the statement, the death of Aaron Swartz is "the product of a criminal justice system rife with intimidation and prosecutorial overreach."

"Decisions made by officials in the Massachusetts U.S. Attorney’s office and at MIT contributed to his death,"

Swartz was also a respected Wikipedia editor. Wikipedia has listed him in their “Deceased Wikipedians” tribute page. His user page can be seen here.

Rest in Peace freedom fighter.

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As founder and editor-in-chief, Cask J. Thomson has exhausted his life as a graphics designer, political activist, freedom of speech advocate, anti-censorship promoter and a published author of several computer science books and a graphic novel. As well as running the publishing company linked to WordMean, Cask has several aspirations as a musician, producer and journalist. Thomson was born in the United Kingdom and currently resides between Sydney, Australia and Alicante, Spain.

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