Former Reddit Co-Owner and Internet Activist Aaron Swartz Commits Suicide

From Gizmodo:

Former Reddit co-owner and founder of DemandProgress, Aaron Swartz committed suicide at the age of 26 in New York City yesterday, according to reports by The Tech. Swartz had been battling criminal charges related to his attempts to make JSTOR archives public and had been facing up to 50 years in prison and $4 million dollars in fines at the time of his death.

In addition to becoming an early co-owner of Reddit when his company Infogami was bought by the mammoth-to-be, Swartz also co-authored the RSS 1.0 specifications at the age of 14, and founded Demand Progress, a key player in last year’s battle against SOPA.

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