Aaron Swartz

Aaron Swartz, an internet genius and activist ended up on “the wrong side of the law” resulting in an arrest for computer fraud that consisted of stealing and downloading illegal files. This took a strain on Swartz, who had been dealing with depression and lead to him hanging himself in his apartment. His family and partner saw no reasons for it, other than stress from the arrest and accusations of things that were described as harmless because nobody was effected by it. 

Aaron was an activist for freedom on the internet, and this shows that there are limitations. Swartz didn’t intend on creating a mess of the downloading and stealing of files from MIT that he and many other believed was harmless. This case tells us that like what was said before, there are limitations on the internet and two, that the government is watching what is being done online, which contributes to limitations on freedom. 

1) Michael , M. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.cnn.com/2013/01/12/us/new-york-reddit-founder-suicide/

2) Amsden, D. (2013, february 28). Aaron swartz’s brilliant life and tragic death . Retrieved from http://www.rollingstone.com/culture/news/the-brilliant-life-and-tragic-death-of-aaron-swartz-20130215


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