Aaron Swartz

Aaron Swartz was an American computer programmer and internet activist. He co-developed Reddit and RSS, as well as the online group Demand Progress. He died of an apparent suicide on January 11, 2013 at the age... more +
Aaron Swartz was an American computer programmer and internet activist. He co-developed Reddit and RSS, as well as the online group Demand Progress. He died of an apparent suicide on January 11, 2013 at the age of 26.  At the time of his death, Swartz was facing federal criminal charges for wire and computer fraud. The charges stemmed from a 2010 incident, where he allegedly downloaded thousands of scientific journals from JSTOR via MIT's computer network in protest of JSTOR's compensation policies. If convicted, the charges carried a maximum prison term of 35 years.  less -
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What's New in the World of Non-Competes and Trade Secrets?

As January draws to a close, we figured it seemed like a good time to take stock of where things stand in the world of non-competes and trade secrets....more

A Cautionary Tale for Data Privacy Day

Angered by the recent tragic suicide of Internet activist Aaron Swartz, a group of hackers claiming to be from the group Anonymous, made threats over the weekend to release sensitive information about the United States...more

What Lessons Can Be Learned From Tragic Death of An Internet Activist?

There can be no dispute that the death of Aaron Swartz – the Internet activist who took his own life on Friday, January 11 – is tragic. There can also be no dispute that the grief and anger his family feel is very real. The...more

The continuing STOR-y

My take on this item: Greg Maxwell uploaded a torrent with 18,592 scientific publications to The Pirate Bay, in what appears to be a protest directed both at the recent indictment of programmer Aaron Swartz for data theft as...more

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