Most of our readers would have heard about the online social network called Reddit, but we wonder how many of you know the name Aaron Swartz? He had been the co-founder of Reddit and also with his help the popular RSS (Real Simple Syndication) standard was born. On Friday of this week Aaron Swartz was found dead, after what is being reported as a suicide following mounting pressure leading up to his computer fraud trial.
We have embedded a video below this article that explains in more detail the circumstances surrounding Aaron Swartz death, and how it seems that one of the world’s greatest tech minds has been lost. The fact that he had only been aged 26 makes this story even sadder.
Aaron Swartz’s death is certainly a tragedy but it is also one that will develop much controversy following what some people are calling “unrealistic prosecuting“. He spent his life supporting the freedom of information and delivering new standards for free. You can read what some of technology’s best minds had to say about Aaron Swartz in this article. The image is thanks to ragesoss photostream on Flickr.
Another article on Boing Boing talks about Aaron Swartz being “driven to the edge” before his death, and is wrote by a “close friend“. You can also see this page on the same webiste that features other stories in relation to this “kid genius“.
RIP, Aaron Swartz.