Aaron Swartz, who died ten years ago today, was an activist dedicated to an open Internet, freedom and transparency.
He was hounded by the US government for sharing JSTOR research articles that we largely paid for, but that a small number of corporations have locked up in for-profit journals. He spent the fortune he received from the sale of Reddit on his legal defense.
Living with depression and facing 50 years in prison and $1 million in fines, he took his own life. He died far too young with so much left to accomplish.
Tonight, 6-9pm PST, Aaron Swartz Day will host Remembering Aaron, Ten Years After at the Internet Archive in San Francisco. The event will not be live streamed, but if you can attend in person, please register in advance so they know how much pizza to get. We will put up the recording once we hear about it. For those who cannot attend, watch The Internet’s Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz to find out more about Aaron. It is available in a number of formats and download methods.