Published on 15 Jan 2013 Aaron H. Swartz was an internet pioneer, activist, computer programmer, writer, archivist, political organizer, and internationalist. On the morning of January 11, 2013, Swartz was found dead in his apartment in New York City. He was 26 years old.
Aaron fought for freedom of the internet. He argued that access to the internet was a human rights and fulfillment of the U.S. first amendment right. In his numerous technological and political endeavor, he was also an internationalist understanding the responsibility of programmers in making the world a better place and not causing harm to the earth. Aaron was approached to visit the Congo and do computer programming workshops in the Congo, which he agreed on doing.
We mourn his loss and stand with his family in this time of sorrow. May his soul rest in peace