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Aaron Swartz

Aaron SwartzAKA Aaron Hillel Swartz

Born: 8-Nov-1986
Birthplace: Chicago, IL
Died: 11-Jan-2013
Location of death: Brooklyn, NY
Cause of death: Suicide
Remains: Buried, Shalom Memorial Park, Arlington Heights, IL

Gender: Male
Religion: Jewish
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Computer Programmer, Blogger

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Co-Inventor of RSS

At age 14, Aaron Swartz was co-author of the RSS 1.0 specification. He founded a Y-Combinator startup Infogami, which was later merged into Reddit, and for this he is sometimes listed as a third co-founder of Reddit. In 2011, from the MIT campus for a brief period he unintentionally disrupted JSTOR, an online academic publishing service, downloading papers which ought to by right be freely available. His minor transgression brought prosecution by the US Justice Department, indicting him on charges sufficient to imprison him for up to 35 years, terms much longer than those meted out to convicted murderers. Already with a very public history of depression and other maladies, Swartz committed suicide in early 2013.

Father: Robert Swartz
Mother: Susan
Brother: Ben
Brother: Noah
Girlfriend: Taren Stinebrickner-Kauffman

    High School: (one year)
    University: Stanford University (dropped out)

    Infogami Founder
    Wired Digital
    Demand Progress Co-Founder
    Creative Commons RDF Advisor
    John Edwards for President
    Hacking indicted (Jul-2011), pled not guilty (Sep-2012)
    Wire Fraud indicted (Jul-2011), pled not guilty (Sep-2012)
    Risk Factors: Depression

    The Internet's Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz (20-Jan-2014) · Himself

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