This is one of the young figures of the Web, an activist of free trade networks from a young age, who disappeared on Friday, January 11. Aaron Swartz had collaborated in the creation of the RSS 1.0 format when he was only 14 years old. He participated in the creation of organizations like Creative Commons or Demand Progress, or the site Reddit.
Aaron Swartz ended his days at the age of 26, announced Saturday the site The Tech after confirmation of his uncle. With Demand Progress, Swartz had militated against such laws antipiratages SOPA and PIPA.
He was sued for downloading since 2011 and provided more than 4 million items JSTOR site. Indicted in 2012, he faced up to 10 years in prison. To cope with this long and costly court proceedings, friends of Aaron Swartz had launched a website to raise funds.
On BoingBoing, Cory Doctorow journalist who connassait Aaron Swartz for more than a decade, said the young prodigy also suffered from depression “for several years.” “He talked with his friends, and had written on the subject,” he recalls. “Today we lost someone who had a lot of work to do, and that helped make the world a better place.”