Rest in peace, Aaron Swartz

Aaron Swartz committed suicide yesterday (Jan 11, 2013).

The Open Library wouldn’t exist without him. He wrote the backbone of the system you see today, hired the team that built the first version of the website.

He founded Demand Progress, which launched the campaign against the Internet censorship bills (SOPA/PIPA), coauthored the RSS 1.0 specification, cofounded the online news site Reddit, among many other good things.

His death is a great loss to all of us. May his soul rest in peace.

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  1. Ivan
    Posted January 12, 2013 at 10:43 pm | Permalink

    His life is inspiring,ideals are priceless, what he was done it’s so important, thanks for you Aaron! Always in my heart, and mind.

    • pete
      Posted January 13, 2013 at 5:04 am | Permalink

      Yes, I agree. What a great loss. So much more to be done for common knowledge.
      Thank you, Aaron.

  2. Luana
    Posted January 13, 2013 at 12:14 am | Permalink

    That’s a great loss!

  3. Den Gusakov
    Posted January 13, 2013 at 2:36 am | Permalink

    Freedom and equality in the use of global information resources is the only sure way of further development, not only education but also the entire social sphere. People like Aaron are the forerunners of future paths that humanity will have to go. Let there be eternal memory of him!

  4. Alexander Shagaev
    Posted January 13, 2013 at 4:49 am | Permalink

    Aaron Swartz was a decent, honest man. Unfortunately the ruling “elite” of modern official “science” is criminal and guided by self-interest does not give people access to the results of recent research. This criminal “scientific elite” slows the progress of science and humanity. Aaron spoke against these criminals. He was a brave man. Rest in peace, Aaron Swartz!

    • mike
      Posted January 15, 2013 at 2:07 am | Permalink

      I totally agree with you.
      rest in peace Aaron, we miss you!

  5. Fan
    Posted January 13, 2013 at 1:49 pm | Permalink

    Aaron Swartz,天堂没有可恶的版权制度,在那里你会得到所有人的尊敬

  6. Michele
    Posted January 13, 2013 at 3:10 pm | Permalink

    There’s a big bug in this world if Aaron have died, and it’s late to thank him for what he did and for the example he has been and always will be. Humans and Humanity thank you, Aaron!

  7. commenter8
    Posted January 14, 2013 at 3:13 am | Permalink

    The White House petition to fire US Attorney Carmen Ortiz for hounding Swartz to death already has 9,486 signatures – please sign!

    White House petition to limit the term of all copyrights to a maximum of 10 years:

  8. Posted January 14, 2013 at 3:05 pm | Permalink

    Open library è tua. Navigala. Correggila. Alimentala. Grazie Aaron Swartz

  9. Mohammed
    Posted January 14, 2013 at 4:12 pm | Permalink

    I tried to write stuff to express my feeling but failed miserably. All I can offer is a tight hug to your dear mother and father.

  10. ScrewEwe2
    Posted January 15, 2013 at 4:35 am | Permalink

    Thanks for your unselfish efforts Aaron and for showing the way.

    Rest in Peace.

  11. Posted January 15, 2013 at 6:21 pm | Permalink

    You have not died Aaron.- You will be always among us .- You simply went away because you needed to be in a higher dimension for doing the most important duties.-
    Be sure you gave us the seeds of a new generation inspired in your mind and heart
    for building the world you dreamed.- God will take care of your parents.-

  12. Daniele
    Posted January 17, 2013 at 12:07 am | Permalink

    Feeling sad and angry…

  13. mirico
    Posted January 17, 2013 at 3:46 am | Permalink

    As many, I never knew he lived until I opened an e-mail from WIRED.
    The psychological insanity that is used to drive a nurse and now this
    loving Soul to suicide is an earmark of the immediate need of increased
    spiritual evolution of our human population.

    Cherished loved ones need protection to stay and be and not to go and die.
    Open your heart today to embrace someone you love and needs protection.
    Shield them from harm and confusion.

    This young man cannot be replaced…none of us can. We,as he are powerful spiritual beings.
    In all realities,bless us all.

  14. Maryin
    Posted January 18, 2013 at 6:35 pm | Permalink

    This does not feel right to me! I was not aware of Aaron’s efforts and what he made possible in so many fields before now .. and so, give thanks for his ability to live on in what he has created.

  15. Richard Aroksaar
    Posted January 18, 2013 at 10:28 pm | Permalink

    I had the privilige of hearing Aaron speak at the Internet Archive Meeting, hosted by Brewster Kahle, and held at the San Francisco Presidio a few years ago. Aaron wore a t-shirt and was somewhat disheveled, as if he had just gotten out of bed, and his genius was immediately apparent, as soon as he spoke.

    Now I think of him as a mystic also, someone closer to dreamtime than most of us are, most of the time. I feel very fortunate to have had the chance to hear his talk and think that the Open Library may be the living monument to his spirit.

  16. Beverley
    Posted January 19, 2013 at 12:00 am | Permalink

    I have only just joined this site. I was having a read through all the info before getting started. I was really in shock when I came across this sadness and loss and to a young man with so much ahead of him.
    I too lost my daughter to the very same out come she was 28yrs old, that was almost 11 years ago.

    It is very hard to over come a loss of your child and suicide is such a hideous outcome of any life.

  17. jeme.
    Posted January 20, 2013 at 9:08 am | Permalink

    what a great man,Aaron! This world would have been a better place with more Aarons!
    Thank you,Aaron,R.I.P

  18. mc
    Posted January 23, 2013 at 3:02 pm | Permalink

    rest in peace, Aaron.

  19. Posted February 18, 2013 at 6:55 am | Permalink

    Aaron was so far ahead of his time! He set “The Bar” on so many things.. He will be missed

  20. Posted February 28, 2013 at 10:02 am | Permalink

    Trail blazer for the rights of the common person. Bless you Aaron Swartz.

  21. Tom McCaffrey
    Posted February 28, 2013 at 8:34 pm | Permalink

    We are all the poorer for the death of a great man. May the Good Lord comfort his family in their sudden loss. May Perpetual Light Shine Upon His Soul.

  22. larry zhang
    Posted March 2, 2013 at 1:43 pm | Permalink

    Great young man, great loss. May you have peace there, Aaron!

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