I have long been fought if you write something about this extraordinary boy, but not dedicate a tribute would be a shame. Aaron Swartz has decided to leave a huge void in the IT scenario.
For me, as the entire world he is a legend, a guy that has profoundly changed our daily work.
Aaron Swartz is an eclectic persona; he is an hacker and active activist, co-founder of social news website Reddit and founder of the group Demand Progress. The EFF in a blog post states: “Aaron did more than almost anyone to make the Internet a thriving ecosystem for open knowledge, and to keep it that way. His contributions were numerous, and some of them were indispensable. When we asked him in late 2010 for help in stopping COICA, the predecessor to the SOPA and PIPA Internet blacklist bills, he founded an organization called Demand Progress, which mobilized over a million online activists and proved to be an invaluable ally in winning that campaign.”
In 2002 Swartz have been the youngest speaker at Comdex (Computer Dealers' Exhibition) expo, he was actively involved in the RSS 1.0 specification
In 2008, Swartz downloaded 20 million pages of legal documents from PACER, the Public Access to Court Electronic Records system, which charges 10 cents per page for access. In that occasion, with the help of other hacktivist Swartz sought to make the documents freely available.
Aaron belongs to the categories of persons that something of special; he has demonstrated from a young age his enormous capabilities, probably the real cause of the tragedy.
Being only 14 years in the spotlight of the media circus that force you to grow up quickly, burn those steps that every teenager should live probably damaged beyond repair the fragile mind of the prodigy.
He is too far, was, he is and he will be an awkward figure with which to compare, he has left his body but his ideology is alive and strong as ever.
He has been a member of the Harvard University Ethics Center Lab, in 2011 July 19th he was arrested accused for the download of 4 millions of articles from JSTOR, he was awaiting trial, risking up to 35 years in prison.
According to the indictment, Swartz had hidden a laptop connected to the computer network at MIT, which would allow him to download the articles. According to the indictment Swartz acted with the intent to make the documents available on a peer-to-peer, open access.
Aaron Swartz could have anything from life, but he has decided to devote his life in defense of the right of expression and of free access to the information.
Aaron’s suicide raises the question on the U.S. computer crime laws and related their punishment regimes. Many activists and ordinary people, including myself, are feasts of the inadequacy of punishment when compared to other crimes. The cyber world is complex, and even more is the judgment of a computer crime for many different purposes.
Tim Berners-Lee, the father of the World Wide Web, wrote on Twitter.
“Aaron dead. World wanderers, we have lost a wise elder. Hackers for right, we are one down. Parents all, we have lost a child. Let us weep.”
Swartz’s family and friends have set up a memorial page here.
We miss you too, Aaron, fly high my dear … This is another lesson you gave us ... certainly not the last.
2012-12-13T04:09:00-11:00Thursday, December 13, 2012 Mohit Kumar
A former University of Georgia (UGA) student under investigation for allegedly hacking into the school’s computerized personnel records system committed suicide last month. Stell attended classes at UGA between 2005 and 2007.
The Data breach was carried out around two months back near 15th October and that may have led to compromised Full names and Social Security numbers, along with additional sensitive data of 8,500 current and former school employees.
According to reports, an investigation into the security breach was ongoing when the suspect, Charles Staples Stell, 26, was found dead at his home in Athens on Nov. 7.
The UGA Police Department's computer forensics team was investigating the hack. They said, There is no evidence that the compromised data were used to commit additional crimes.
The employee files involved in the security breach were found under the control of Stell during the ensuing forensic evaluation of evidence obtained during the course of the investigation, police said.
“This appears to be a planned intrusion by someone who knew enough about our operations to know which accounts to attack and where the sensitive information was located within the system,” said Timothy Chester, UGA vice president for information technology.