Feds Hounded Net Activist
A friend of the late Aaron Swartz blames the federal government for driving the computer programmer, hacker and activist to commit suicide last week. ”The idea that an agent of the federal government would be able to pick out a person and threaten to ruin their life is not the kind of thing that we hope for in a justice system,” says Parker Higgins, an internet activist at the Electronic Frontier Foundation.
Swartz helped create the web syndication process RSS. He also was instrumental in founding the popular social media site Reddit and organizing the successful campaign against the Stop Online Privacy Act (SOPA). He was facing up to 35 years in prison and $1 million in fines for downloading more than 4 million academic articles from the database JSTOR. H/T Reason TV