Reddit cofounder Aaron Swartz commits suicide aged 26

first_imgNews is spreading today that Aaron Swartz has committed suicide aged just 26.Swartz will be known to many as one of the co-founders of Reddit, but that was not his only major achievement. At the age of 14 he co-authored the RSS 1.0 Specification, worked briefly for Wired after selling Reddit, launched Jottit, created the web.py web application framework, co-founded the progressive advocacy group Demand Progress, and was a Harvard University fellow.More recently Swartz had garnered the attention of the authorities due to his actions. In 2009 he was investigated by the FBI after publicly sharing 20 percent of the PACER US federal court documents database. However, no charges were brought against him at that time. Then in July 2011 it was discovered he had spent months stealing data from MIT.Swartz was indicted after stealing 4.8 million documents from JSTOR, a not-for-profit digital archive of scientific papers. The problem being, he repeatedly broke into a secure and restricted area of MIT to hook up a laptop to get the records. He also used several methods of trying to evade detection. JSTOR has since publicly released the archives, while Swartz faced up to 35 years in prison and a fine of up to $1 million.After the indictment in Boston, Swartz moved to Brooklyn, New York. News of his suicide yesterday has been confirmed by his uncle, Michael Wolf. No further information has been released at this time, and our thoughts go out to his friends and family.via MITlast_img read more