RIP Aaron Swartz, 1986-2013 – Open Access Activist

R.I.P. Aaron Swartz, 1986-2013

Aaron Swartz, an open access activist, committed suicide on Friday, January 10, 2013.

He was facing a 13-count indictment from the US Dept. of Justice for breaking into JStor, an academic articles database, although JStor had dropped all charges.

Academics worldwide have begun releasing their papers as a tribute, posting the URL to twitter using the hashtag #PDFtribute and the Internet Archive has begun a memorial archive.

See: NYT obituary; Larry Lessig, “Prosecutor as Bully“.

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