Aaron Swartz, was an Internet savant who at a young age shaped the online era by co-developing RSS and Reddit and later became a digital activist (MARTINEZ, 2013). Aaron Swartz was arrested and being charged with violating federal hacking laws for downloading millions of academic articles from a subscription database service that MIT had given him access to via a guest account. If convicted, Swartz would have had to face 35 years in prison and one million dollars’ worth of fines. Aaron Swartz was 26 years old when he committed suicide. He was facing 13 felony counts under the federal Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, leading him to hang himself in January (BRITO, 2013). With all that, Aaron was most likely terrified and simply didn’t want to live anymore. Maybe the government thought Swartz was too much of a threat to the United States security through the internet world and had to make sure they would get rid of him. I believe his death shows that the U.S. law should reconsider computer laws and copyright laws that are currently in place.
Martinez, M. (2013, March 7). Internet Prodigy, Activist Aaron Swartz Commits Suicide. CNN.com. Retrieved fromhttp://www.cnn.com/2013/01/12/us/new-york-reddit-founder-suicide/
BRITO, J. (2013, JANUARY 31). Reason. Aaron Swartz: The Punishment Did Not Fit the Crime, Retrieved fromhttp://reason.com/archives/2013/01/31/aaron-swartz-the-punishment-did-not-fit