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Friday October 24, 2014

Hacker and Activist Aaron Swartz, 26, Commits Suicide in NY

English: Aaron Swartz at a Creative Commons event.

Aaron Swartz (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Aaron Swartz, Reddit, Creative Commons and Demand Progress co-founder, died Friday. ZDNet reported that the 26-year-old activist committed suicide in NY. Swartz  was charged with 13 counts of felony hacking in September 2012 after he allegedly scraped 4 million MIT papers from the JSTOR online journal archive, to which he pled not guilty. Swartz had dedicated much of his life’s  work to sharing data online.  Just two days before Swartz’s suicide, JSTOR announced it would release more than 4.5 million articles to the public.

ZDNet