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VIDEO: Aaron Swartz was 'killed by the government', father tells mourners

By Michael Muskal | January 15, 2013 | LA Times

Aaron Swartz, the 26-year-old Internet genius, was eulogized on Tuesday as a person who wanted to make the world better but was hounded into killing himself by harsh government policies.

Swartz was “killed by the government,” his father, Robert Swartz, said at the service at Central Avenue Synagogue in Highland Park, Ill., according to the Chicago Sun-Times. “He was killed by the government, and MIT betrayed all of its basic principles,” he said.

Facing the possibility of a long prison sentence if convicted of charges that he illegally downloaded millions of academic journal articles, Swartz hanged himself in his New York apartment Friday.

The death of one of the founders of news and entertainment website Reddit and a longtime activist for an open Internet has ignited outrage among many in the electronic community who view him as a martyr to government prosecution.

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Garan's picture

Only The Good Die Young - Billy Joel

Think of Aaron Swartz while watching the lyrics.

"Billy Joel - the good die young With Lyrics"

Aaron's Law

On Capital Hill, a bill called “Aaron’s Law,” aims to amend the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA).

Aaron's law would amend the existing law to distinguish between a terms of service (TOS) violation and a federal data theft crime.

No longer will it be a felony to breach a contract or those Terms of Service (TOS) we fail to read or understand. Have you ever breached the TOS on the internet? Hopefully, Aaron's Law will absolve many of us from becoming felons. ;)

Read more: http://business.time.com/2013/01/16/aaron-swartzs-suicide-tr...

"With enough of us, around the world, we’ll not just send a strong message opposing the privatization of knowledge — we’ll make it a thing of the past." ~ Aaron Swartz

The FBI Needs Hackers

I see comments condemning Aaron. The government should be rewarding hackers not destroying them. He didn't like college and only attended one year; however, his friends spoke of his insatiable love of books. He wanted knowledge available for everyone not just the privileged or the Universities. This was not a malicious hack. But what about the harmful hackers?

"The FBI wants to massively expand the wiretap mandate beyond phone services to internet-based services. But mandatory wiretap backdoors in internet services would invite at least as much new crime as it could help solve."


Nothing on the internet is secure. Nothing. Software is already full of bugs. New and innovative features are the focus of software developers not security. Any IT professional will tell you backdoors are already built into routers, switches and servers. So we have buggy insecure software and backdoors available and the government wants to add another layer of insecurity to the infrastructure by adding their backdoors for wiretapping.

If the government continues with adding backdoors we are looking at an implosion of security issues. Every malicious hacker will go after these known backdoors. Instead of suppressing these hackers, the government should reward and encourage hackers for finding the already existing security issues.

In the past, Google rewarded anyone who found vulnerabilities in their software with money. The better the hack, the deeper the pockets from Google. You accessed a private area that was only available to specific Google employees? Google wants to hire you.

The government needs to have this same attitude toward hacking.

"With enough of us, around the world, we’ll not just send a strong message opposing the privatization of knowledge — we’ll make it a thing of the past." ~ Aaron Swartz

We can honor him

By making him more powerful in death than he was in life, by listening to his words and learning from his activism.


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Fallen hero?

Perhaps. This interview with one of the founders of Anonymous spells out how important internet freedom is:


So sorry for Aaron's family.

ecorob's picture

I am so sad for his father.

To raise a brilliant son, to have him be a GREAT PART of the American history, only to be SILENCED by the very country that he projected forward is the embodiment of tragedy for this wonderful man.

My heart goes out to him.

its 'cos I owe ya, my young friend...
Rockin' the FREE world in Tennessee since 1957!
9/11 Truth.

emalvini's picture

It Is So Sad..Cut Down In The Prime of His Life....

I pray that his family is comforted....