|Aaron Swartz at a Creative Commons event|
Photo taken by Fred Benenson,
and shared under a Creative Commons
Generic Attribution license Swartz helped promote
At the age of fourteen, Aaron Swartz co-authored the RSS 1.0 protocol.
He founded Infogami.
He helped form the Creative Commons.
He participated in the creation of www.reddit.com
He was one of the key figures behind www.demandprogress.org
He helped kill SOPA/PIPA
And he was being prosecuted for "stealing" academic journal articles.
Aaron Swartz died yesterday.
He was twenty-six years old.
If you have a moment, please read Aaron's short article entitled, "How to Get a Job Like Mine." His principles work. I've tried them.
Rest in peace, Aaron.
ETA (01/12/13 4:45 PST):
-Cory Doctorow on Aaron Swartz's death
-Prosecutor as Bully - Lawrence Lessig on Aaron Swartz's death
-Official Statement from the Family and Partner of Aaron Swartz