Aaron Swartz, a 26 year old handsome young man,
who founded Reddit,
and founded an organization to fight for internet freedom,
and wrote RSS 1.0 spec at the age of 14,
and created the web.py Python framework,
and writes a brilliant blog
committed suicide today. At the age of 26.
The US gov was about to send him to jail for 50 years.
What was the crime?
He shared a bunch of academic papers (yep those boring ones) to the public. Yep. Thats it. Interestingly many of these academic researches were also funded by tax money.
The tech world is angry and rightly so. http://twitpic.com/bunsqs
Sometimes its scary to see what America can do to you.