Aaron H. Swartz is no more. MIT’s newspaper The Tech quotes Mr. Swartz’s uncle, Michael Wolf, who confirms Mr. Swartz committed suicide. He was 26.
Mr. Swartz was the founder of Demand Progress, which launched the campaign against the Internet censorship bills (SOPA/PIPA).
Working with Web inventor Tim Berners-Lee at MIT, he helped develop and popularize standards for sharing data on the Web. He also coauthored the RSS 1.0 specification, now widely used for publishing news stories.
Mr. Swartz was cofounder of the online news site Reddit, where he released as free software the Web framework he developed, web.py.
Rest in peace.
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