Aaron Swartz Biography
Birthday: November 8, 1986 (Scorpio)
Born In: Chicago
Aaron Hillel Swartz was an American computer programmer and entrepreneur who was one of the developers of several ground-breaking projects, including the web feed format RSS, the publishing format Markdown, and the website framework web.py, as well as one of the co-founders of the social news site Reddit. Furthermore, he received the title of co-founder of Not A Bug, Inc., after it was formed in 2005. He was also a renowned author, political organiser, and hacktivist, focusing much of his work on civil awareness and effective online activism. Swartz was arrested in 2011 and charged with state breaking-and-entering after he downloaded academic journal articles from JSTOR while using his MIT guest user account. He was charged with two counts of wire fraud and eleven violations of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act and was facing a cumulative maximum penalty of $1 million in fines and 50 years in prison. Declining the government’s offer of a plea bargain that would have incarcerated him for six months in federal prison, Swartz and his legal team came up with a counteroffer but it was rejected, Two days later, his body was discovered in his Brooklyn apartment, where he had hanged himself. As a proponent of an open, free, and unregulated internet, Swartz has been credited for making the internet what it is today.