Reddit Founder Aaron Swartz found dead at 26 (OT)

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GDavis

Social climber
SOL CAL
Topic Author's Original Post - Jan 12, 2013 - 03:53pm PT
Incredible - facing $1million dollar fines and 35 years in prison for some internet mumbo jumbo I could never understand he was found by his girlfriend. One of the biggest internet activists out there, a real shame...




http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/13/technology/aaron-swartz-internet-activist-dies-at-26.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0




From the article:

But he also found trouble when he took part in efforts to release information to the public that he felt should be freely available. In 2008, he took on PACER, or Public Access to Court Electronic Records, the repository for federal judicial documents.

The database charges 10 cents a page for documents; activists like Carl Malamud, the founder of public.resource.org, have long argued that such documents should be free because they are produced at public expense. Joining Mr. Malamud’s efforts to make the documents public by posting legally obtained files to the Internet for free access, Mr. Swartz wrote an elegant little program to download 20 million pages of documents from free library accounts, or roughly 20 percent of the enormous database.

The government abruptly shut down the free library program, and Mr. Malamud feared that legal trouble might follow even though he felt they had violated no laws. As he recalled in a newspaper account of the events, “I immediately saw the potential for overreaction by the courts.” He recalled telling Mr. Swartz: “You need to talk to a lawyer. I need to talk to a lawyer.”

Mr. Swartz recalled in a 2009 interview, “I had this vision of the feds crashing down the door, taking everything away.” He said he locked the deadbolt on his door, lay down on the bed for a while and then called his mother.



A classic Robbin Hood character, one I think contemporaries will shun but future generations will make into T-shirts : /
Kalimon

Trad climber
Ridgway, CO
Jan 12, 2013 - 04:20pm PT
Makes one wonder if he was whacked.
Port

Trad climber
San Diego
Jan 12, 2013 - 05:19pm PT
He publicly talked about his struggle with depression. Its funny how people immediately turn to conspiracy theories. Supertopo especially.
shit tooth

Trad climber
Oklahoma City, OK
Jan 12, 2013 - 08:55pm PT
RIP. I find reddit to be one of the most powerful forms of website communities and general awareness. Sure theres a lot of dumb memes, but, they were instrumental in fighting SOPA and various other internet restrictions!
zBrown

Ice climber
chingadero de chula vista
Jan 12, 2013 - 10:19pm PT
Waiting to hear more ...

Kalimon

Trad climber
Ridgway, CO
Jan 12, 2013 - 10:30pm PT
Its funny how people immediately turn to conspiracy theories. Supertopo especially.

Easy cowboy, I was not suggesting any conspiracy . . . just seems curious.

Poor kid.
cuvvy

Sport climber
arkansas
Jan 12, 2013 - 10:53pm PT
It is sad to hear. Ive known a few people who have been seriously depressed and its not a "Hey snap out of it thing". Just remember to listen when someone says they are depressed. Nothing wrong with suggesting they seek help.
Have you seen that documentary called The Bridge? Pretty emotionally touching. Sorry for the family.
zBrown

Ice climber
chingadero de chula vista
Jan 12, 2013 - 10:56pm PT
patient and inquiring minds are good
TGT

Social climber
So Cal
Jan 12, 2013 - 11:31pm PT
froodish

Social climber
Portland, Oregon
Jan 13, 2013 - 12:44am PT
I was saddened to hear this today. The world lost not only a brilliant young programmer, but by all accounts, a fine human as well.

Larry Lessig posted his thoughts:

http://lessig.tumblr.com/post/40347463044/prosecutor-as-bully

John M

climber
Jan 13, 2013 - 12:59am PT
Thanks froodish for posting that. that was powerful.
MisterE

Social climber
Jan 13, 2013 - 01:13am PT
Great link, TGT - thanks for that. I had no idea...
mechrist

Gym climber
South of Heaven
Jan 14, 2013 - 03:42pm PT
http://www.alternet.org/10-awful-crimes-get-you-less-prison-time-what-aaron-swartz-faced-freeing-jstor-articles
paganmonkeyboy

climber
mars...it's near nevada...
Jan 14, 2013 - 04:21pm PT
^^because sharing information is probably the greatest single threat to the status quo and the path we are on...
froodish

Social climber
Portland, Oregon
Jan 14, 2013 - 04:24pm PT
Statement from Aaron's family and partner along with lots of rememberances here:

http://www.rememberaaronsw.com/

Tami

Social climber
Canada
Jan 14, 2013 - 05:38pm PT
From the family's obit from the link above :

Aaron’s death is not simply a personal tragedy. It 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. The US Attorney’s office pursued an exceptionally harsh array of charges, carrying potentially over 30 years in prison, to punish an alleged crime that had no victims. Meanwhile, unlike JSTOR, MIT refused to stand up for Aaron and its own community’s most cherished principles.

I think it's important to remember Swartz was bullied heavily by gov't for the freedom of information and access to information that he was pursuing.

It's so very sad that his voice has been silenced. He had a lot of guts to pursue some large and heavy targets knowing - possibly - that his own health might be at risk.

R I P Aaron Swartz
LilaBiene

Trad climber
Jan 14, 2013 - 08:22pm PT
Great link, TGT. Powerful story...thank you for posting it up.

Incredibly heartbreaking that such a bright beacon chose to extinguish his own light.

SteveW

Trad climber
The state of confusion
Jan 14, 2013 - 10:21pm PT

Amy Goodman devoted the entire DemocracyNow show to Aaron
today. . .

http://www.democracynow.org/2013/1/14/an_incredible_soul_lawrence_lessig_remembers
Lynne Leichtfuss

Sport climber
moving thru
Jan 14, 2013 - 11:46pm PT
What a waste to the planet. A human life that could have perhaps given us knowledge and blessed us is now gone.

Everyone needs support and grace and love and kindness. It sounds like this person jerked the chains of those marching to the step.

In each of our lives we run into people that are struggling. Yo, at any given time each of us have a challenge working out our own lives. What if this Dude was at the grocery store giving signs of sadness? What if he said a "coded" help to someone who was just to busy to take time to listen and encourage?

To me this is a heads up to be aware of each and every human around me and see if a smile, a pat on the shoulder or an encouraging word could make them live just one more day. RIP young Aaron Swartz. I wish you were still alive. I wish I could have met you and spoken with you.

Peace, lynne
Lynne Leichtfuss

Sport climber
moving thru
Jan 14, 2013 - 11:54pm PT
At times it seems a cadre of the bright, gifted, yet by official standards "just too unusual" are pursued by a mainstream that for what ever reason feels threatened by these people. People like Aaron Swartz are pursued and in the process destroyed. What they had to contribute in their lifetime lost forever. If it's not understood, if it threatens, it must be done away with.
I think of Galileo.

Instead of scrutiny and negative pursuit, how about about studying the new actions and ideas, embracing the creators in a neutral and non threatening way, learning more about their creativity and hopefully using it to make this world and all it contains a better place for everyone.

Edit: Wrote this first and thought I accidentally deleted it but it was recovered. Feel strongly about this Thread so posting this too. My heart and love goes out to this man's family. Condolances, lynne
zBrown

Ice climber
chingadero de chula vista
Feb 5, 2013 - 09:21am PT
Hacking: The New National Pastime?

http://www.linuxinsider.com/story/77202.html

"Obama hasn't even done anything about the laws we already have on the books, like the ones they got Swartz trapped in a corner with -- laws written so badly that anybody using a fricking handle on the net could be busted for wire fraud for 'giving a false identity.'
High Fructose Corn Spirit

Gym climber
-A race of corn eaters
Feb 5, 2013 - 10:11pm PT
Aaron’s death is not simply a personal tragedy. It 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. The US Attorney’s office pursued an exceptionally harsh array of charges, carrying potentially over 30 years in prison, to punish an alleged crime that had no victims. Meanwhile, unlike JSTOR, MIT refused to stand up for Aaron and its own community’s most cherished principles.

Can juries tame prosecutors gone wild?

By stacking charges as high as possible and wielding the threat of mandatory sentencing laws, the argument goes, prosecutors intimidate defendants and make it all but impossible to turn down their offers.

5 percent of cases brought by American prosecutors every year lead to an actual jury trial, while the rest play out in plea bargains

“What we really have is a plea bargain system with a thin froth of showy trials floating on top,” - Glenn Reynolds

http://bostonglobe.com/ideas/2013/02/03/can-juries-tame-prosecutors-gone-wild-can-juries-tame-prosecutors-gone-wild/yAvVOZPmpm408lskfiMe3M/story.html
TGT

Social climber
So Cal
Feb 5, 2013 - 10:23pm PT


Just not his.
froodish

Social climber
Portland, Oregon
Jul 27, 2013 - 08:34pm PT
MIT Moves to Intervene in Release of Aaron Swartz’s Secret Service File:

http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/2013/07/mit-swartz-intervene/

Shameful.
Peter Haan

Trad climber
Santa Cruz, CA
Jul 28, 2013 - 12:25am PT
Thanks Froodish.

This stuff is flat out getting worse.

It is once again---I mean once again---holy mother whore as Roper used to say, all about simplest basic legal theory, civil rights and the conjecture of democracy. We have had this fight so many times now.

There might have been a point sometime hence where we would have been thanking these young guys ---e.g. Bradley Manning, Snowden, and Swartz----for their diligence and in fact ultimate sacrifice, but there probably won't be. Imagine what they REALLY knew.... We will be so buried by then....and have finally lost whatever voice we ever had had. It is like being on Acid. Everything is twisting and changing as in a hall of mirror and terrible peril is at our doorstep. I know the political process is a meandering and uncouth beast and as it whacks the heads off some it suckles as well. Just insane, all the time.
Brandon-

climber
The Granite State.
Jul 28, 2013 - 01:18am PT
TGT, that was a very informative video, and a good look at how that dude viewed life.

It's a shame that he left us so early.

He could have done so much more.
jstan

climber
Jul 28, 2013 - 01:41pm PT
bump
donini

Trad climber
Ouray, Colorado
Jul 28, 2013 - 02:27pm PT
coulda...woulda...shoulda
Tami

Social climber
Canada
Jul 28, 2013 - 02:58pm PT
Meanwhile Wiener's wiener keeps us all distracted.
froodish

Social climber
Portland, Oregon
Aug 13, 2013 - 01:11am PT
First 100 pages of Aaron's Secret Service file released:

http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/2013/08/swartz-foia-release/
froodish

Social climber
Portland, Oregon
Jan 11, 2014 - 07:51pm PT
One year ago today...

https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2014/01/remembering-aaron
new world order2

climber
Jan 11, 2014 - 08:06pm PT
Hey, you speak out against the government, and you're gonna get whacked, as was Breitbart.
climbski2

Mountain climber
Anchorage AK, Reno NV
Jan 11, 2014 - 11:11pm PT
Breitbart??


And yeah flying jumbo jets into buildings that fall down afterwards clearly means explosives were planted ahead of time and the planes didn't disrupt them at all.

The Soviets helped Nixon cover up the fake moon landing.

The Matrix has you

Why use a plane to hit the pentagon when you can hijack a much more secure cruise missile with less potential damaging ability.. plus you then have to disappear the passengers and the plane too.


Sometimes the accepted version is just about 1000 times easier to accomplish than the idiotic tinfoil version of events.
tioga

Mountain climber
pac northwest
Jan 12, 2014 - 01:15pm PT
I sympathize with Swartz as a person and think the Feds went too hard on him, considering he had a fragile psyche, which certainly contributed to his suicide. (My understanding he's been offered a 6 months in jail deal)
Reddit, though, is simply another dumpster for public vomit, including misogynist trash.
Speaking of "Robin Hood" glorification...we're talking about internet millionaire, hello...
Supporting piracy and hacking is not a good idea. If you live (and make your millions) in the world ruled by law...prepare to answer to that law, when it comes after you..if you think it's a little game.
The same law protects you from being murdered by people who want your money, on a daily basis, and protects your millions stored in your bank. If you decide to play against big boys...better be able to take the blows.
As to Snowden glorification...haha, a simple greedy leech who thought he can latch onto Russian mafia pockets...good luck with that. Haven't heard him protecting the rights of truly oppressed people, quite the opposite, he's a servant dog of the worst oppressors now, eating from their hand, haha. Haven't heard of him biting it. If he tries, Putin's "kgb" will get rid of him quick and he'll go in some "car bomb" explosion, hope he won't forget to read the bill of rights before that one.
Manning? Manning is a traitor, simply.
It's funny how a lot of the same people who want their online activities to be "private" think it's cool to hack JSTOR articles. It's no different from hacking your bank account.
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