Monday, January 14, 2013

A Mind Worth Millions: R.I.P, Aaron Swartz

I can sense the deepness of the season, and on my lonely adventure of making a Million € in less than five years I get to find and say Good Bye to a mind worth Millions, digital activist Aaron Swartz was found dead in his New York apartment, an apparent suicide the official statement which is hard to believe considering the deep sense of his words and the pure smile on his face. 

Suicide is always tragic, but especially in someone so young and bright -- he had just turned 26. As has been widely reported, he was facing criminal charges for his efforts to distributing scientific and literary journal articles, and it is likely that the prospect of a long prison sentence and massive fines pushed him over the edge.

It is really sad to lose one of the Internet's greatest minds and hearts, I hope  that we can at least learn something from this tragedy.

Swartz was accused of breaking into MIT’s computer system in order to access academic articles and make them available for free on the Internet.

Before he died last Friday, Swartz, who was a well-known computer programmer — but not an MIT student — faced a 35-year prison sentence on federal data theft charges and a fine of up to $1 million for illegally downloading articles from the subscription-based academic research service JSTOR. 

Swartz allegedly broke into a secure MIT computer closet on at least one occasion and hooked up a laptop in order to download JSTOR files, before he was arrested in 2011 by Cambridge, Mass. police.

Prior to his   for the alleged JSTOR downloads. He had pleaded not guilty. His trial was set to begin next month. Several prominent observers, called the potential penalty disproportionate to the alleged crime.

This could be another conspiracy theory he was involved in many different issues concerning the Internet once he was able to stop SOPA, and then he was foreseeing the network transformation, he was even calm when informed about the distribution of a new cyber attack. 

Well you can make your own conclusions Have a Great one. And Swartz: Rest in Power!!!

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