Aaron H. Swartz was an American computer programmer, writer, archivist, political organizer, and Internet activist.Born: November 8, 1986 (age 26), in Chicago. He studied in Stanford University.
This young activist and programmer took his life in his New York apartment, killed himself a month before going on trial for what family calls 'an alleged crime that had no victims'
The hacking charges relate to the downloading of millions of academic papers from online archive JSTOR, which prosecutors say he intended to distribute for free. A possible sentence of 35 years in prison and a $1 million fine. All these became a heavy burden upon him which he couldn't bear n o more and thought of taking his own life.
After leaving Reddit, Mr Swartz became an advocate of internet freedom, and was facing hacking charges at the time of his death.
He was among the founders of the Demand Progress campaign group, which lobbies against internet censorship.The hacking charges relate to the downloading of millions of academic papers from online archive JSTOR, which prosecutors say he intended to distribute for free.
He denied charges of computer fraud at an initial hearing last year, but his federal trial was due to begin next month..
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