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Aaron Swartz

Born: 1986-11-08 - Died: 2013-01-11
Cause of Death:
Suicide


Death Summary: Aaron Swartz committed suicide by hanging himself. Police found his body in a Brooklyn apartment. He was 26.

Who was Aaron Swartz : Aaron Swartz founded Infogami, which merged with Reddit in Reddit's early days. In addition to being a programmer, writer and activist. He also co-authored the RSS 1.0 specification of RSS, and built web.py and the architecture for the Open Library.

Swartz was a member of the Harvard University Center for Ethics, founded the online group Demand Progress, and worked with activist groups Rootstrikers and Avaaz.

He was arrested in 2011 in connection with systematic downloading of academic journal articles from JSTOR.
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