BirthdayNovember 8, 1986
BirthplaceChicago, USA

Celebrity biographies

  1. About Aaron Swartz

    Full name: Aaron Swartz
    Also known as: Aaron Swartz, Aaron Hillel Swartz, Swartz, Aaron Hillel
    Professions: American computer programmer and writer
    Religion: None
    Work: Fellow, Harvard University Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics
    Occupation: Software developer, writer, Internet activist

  2. Aaron Swartz Death information

    Died: Friday, 11th of January, 2013 (Age: 26)
    Death cause: Suicide by hanging

  3. Aaron Swartz Biography

    Aaron Hillel Swartz (November 8, 1986 – January 11, 2013) was an American computer programmer, writer, political organizer and Internet hacktivist who committed suicide in the context of a prosecution that was widely believed to be overly zealous and inappropriate. Swartz was involved in the development of the web feed format RSS and the Markdown publishing format, the organization Creative Commons, the website framework and the social news site, Reddit, in which he became a partner after its merger with his company, Infogami.Swartz's work also focused on sociology, civic awareness and activism. He helped launch the Progressive Change Campaign Committee in 2009 to learn more about effective online activism. In 2010 he became a research fellow at Harvard University's Safra Research Lab on Institutional Corruption, directed by Lawrence Lessig. He founded the online group Demand Progress, known for its campaign against the Stop Online Piracy Act.On January 6, 2011, Swartz was arrested by MIT police on state breaking-and-entering charges, after systematically downloading academic journal articles from JSTOR. Federal prosecutors later charged him with two counts of wire fraud and 11 violations of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, carrying a cumulative maximum penalty of $1 million in fines, 35 years in prison, asset forfeiture, restitution and supervised release.Swartz declined a plea bargain under which he would have served six months in federal prison. Two days after the prosecution rejected a counter-offer by Swartz, he was found dead in his Brooklyn apartment, where he had hanged himself.In June 2013, Swartz was posthumously inducted into the Internet Hall of Fame.

  4. Aaron Swartz Family

    Parents: Susan Swartz

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