Remembering Aaron Swartz, who died on this day, a victim of the copyright system

By @glynmoody

Aaron's face gets thrown around the internet to prop up campaigns and etc, but it's important to remember that Aaron was an activist for digital rights, and was bullied into suicide by a system that wanted to punish him for his activism. He was also a human being with friends and family who loved him dearly.

I never met Aaron afaik. However many of my friends were very close to him.
I do think that Aaron would want his name and actions to be used in a way to fight for the freedoms he did, but he shouldn't have had to die for it, and I'm sensitive to how painful it is for loved ones.

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@cwebber I still remember getting the news on the backdrop of one of my dearest friends leaving to States to study in the MIT.

There was hardly any event which radicalised me as much as Aaron's death, to a degree of plausibly participating in anti-surveilance campaigns ran by some international activist group.

It took a complete dienchantment and disappointment in humans for me to mellow out.

Aaron will never be forgotten. Worldwide.

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