INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT AARON SWARTZ
He had a knack for being involved with some of the most important internet technologies and information laws in the past decade. This well done documentary on youtube tells his fascinating biography. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M85UvH0TRPc&feature=youtu.be
- •Helped develop RSS at the ripe age of 14RSS allows anyone to curate a custom news feed.
- •Was involved in the founding of Creative CommonsThis revolutionized copywright laws, and preserved the openness of the internet.
- •Cofounded reddit.comThe reddit community, despite all of its shenanigans, has done the world a lot of good. Both in cases of helping individuals in need, and lobbying government.
- •Fought to make scientific journals available to the publicBy fought, I mean he downloaded them through a loophole as fast as possible until he got caught.
- •Helped lead the charge against SOPA and PIPAThese bills wanted to turn the internet into a media model similar to cable television. Essentially, destroying it.
- •Hung himself in his apartmentThe federal court case against him for downloading the journals appears to have led to this tragic ending. He was 26.
- •Was posthumously inducted into the Internet Hall of FameThe names in the IHOF will be revered long after we're gone. RIP Aaron.