Aaron Swartz was truly The Internet’s Own Boy. And they truly did kill him.
Driven to suicide by the prospect of decades in prison for merely accessing thousands of protected academic journals in line with the “information wants to be free” credo, and guaranteed the lifelong label of a felon even if he agreed to a plea deal, Swartz’s death by his own hand served as a grim reality check. Amid escalating judicial overreach, it reminded all sides that there is a human cost to political machinations.
Of all the commenters, it was radical sex blogger Susie Bright who put it best:
This post has been edited to indicate that the journals were never actually released to the public.