The world recently lost a brilliant activist and a leading proponent of information freedom.
For those of us who have been living under a rock, Aaron H. Swartz was an American computer programmer, writer, political organizer, and a precocious and uncompromising digital activist who took his own life under suspicious circumstances on the 11th of January, 2013.
He was only 26.
Worthy, important causes will surface without a champion equal to their measure. Technological problems will go unsolved, or be solved a little less brilliantly than they might have been. And that’s just what we know. The world is robbed of a half-century of all the things we can’t even imagine Aaron would have accomplished with the remainder of his life.