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Aaron Swartz, twenty-six year-old founder of Reddit, is dead

Aaron Swartz, twenty-six year-old founder of Reddit, is dead

The world of social media and beyond is today reel­ing from the shock announce­ment that the 26-year-old co-founder of Red­dit, Aaron Swartz, is dead. There can be few social media man­agers, com­mu­ni­ty man­agers and con­tent man­agers who could have been left unim­pressed by Swartz’ achieve­ments and eth­i­cal com­mit­ments. The suc­cess of Red­dit was an inspi­ra­tion to Mark Zucker­berg, but Swartz was also a devot­ed cru­sad­er for free­dom of infor­ma­tion online. He appears to have com­mit­ted sui­cide on Fri­day in New York City. A stress­ful tri­al The trou­bled young genius may have suc­cumbed to pres­sure weigh­ing down on him as he faced tri­al, accused of hack­ing into the online research group JSTOR and down­load­ing mil­lions of doc­u­ments. Swartz plead­ed not guilty last year but, if con­vict­ed, would prob­a­bly have faced a lengthy jail sen­tence. It was his lawyer, Elliott R. Peters, who con­firmed news of his death in an email to the MIT’s news­pa­per, The Tech, by say­ing, “The trag­ic and heart­break­ing infor­ma­tion you received is, regret­tably, true.” Swartz pur­sued his fight against inter­net cen­sor­ship with enor­mous devo­tion and those who sup­port­ed his aims were huge­ly sup­port­ive of his cause as the tri­al loomed. An organ­i­sa­tion he had helped set up,…

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