The Untimely Death of Aaron Swartz and the Neutrality of Hackers

Over the weekend, a man of great talent, great skill, and great misunderstanding gave up his life. Aaron Swartz, known for his media commentary, his co-founding of RSS, Infogami and Reddit, as well as his leadership in the anti-SOPA/PIPA movement, hanged himself at the age of 26.Swartz was well known in the hacker community as a man out to free information: he wanted to make the sharing of information as easy as possible. In late 2010/2011, Swartz downloaded over 4 million articles files fr … [Read more...]