Over the weekend, the news of Aaron Swart’s suicide broke. This is tragic news, which should cause us all to pause.
Swartz was originally from Chicagoland. At the age of 14 he wrote some of the code upon which blogs and social media are currently built. In recent years, he has been a vocal leader in ensuring that information is open and free for all people. Many of us in the library community were great admiring of Swartz since we often shared a common cause. Aaron Swartz often took stands on issues that impact all of us even though most of us did not understand the issues.
Here are some links for more information and with remembrances:
- Internet Activist and Developer, Aaron Swartz, Dead at the Age of 26
Computer Activist Accused of Rogue Downloading Commits Suicide