Written by Demand Progress co-founder David Segal.

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January 11th marked the seventh anniversary of the passing of our co-founder, Aaron Swartz, and it has become our tradition to use this date as an opportunity to remember him and to take some time to reflect on the work that we carry forward, in some substantial part in his name.

As many of you know, Aaron took his own life seven years ago — while suffering under the obscene threat of more than 50 years in prison for allegedly using MIT’s open campus internet network to download too many academic articles from the cataloging service JSTOR, to which he had legitimate access. …


Today, as is our tradition, we write to mark the anniversary of the passing of Demand Progress’s cofounder, Aaron Swartz.

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As many of you know, Aaron took his own life six years ago — while absurdly being threatened with more than 50 years in prison for allegedly using MIT’s open campus internet network to download too many academic articles from the cataloging service JSTOR, to which he had legitimate access.

Here is an obituary of Aaron written at the time by Glenn Greenwald.

And here is a compendium of tributes to Aaron from the days following his passing.

Aaron is often described as a technologist and and internet freedom activist. He was indeed both, but he was also so much more. The richness of his vision is perhaps best observed through a negation: While he was a formidable programmer held in the highest esteem by the foremost coders of his generation, he was conspicuously not a cyber-utopian, an acolyte of the so-called California Ideology that naively (and sometimes cynically) espoused the notion that new technology and information access would, on their own, necessarily change the world for the better. …


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By Carolene Logue, Roseville, California (4th Congressional District)

As a senior citizen living on a fixed income, connectivity to open and affordable internet is of paramount importance. …

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