Saturday, January 12, 2013

The Life and Times of Aaron Swartz

Aaron Swartz
Tampa, Fl -- Life ain't easy, especially on these times where the big brother is always present and freedom of speech seems to be a mirage that can be concocted by the paranoia instigated by the  national governments and thus multinationals that invisible enemies are attacking the freedom of the nations whenever the real enemies are the politic figures who are manipulating the population in order to believe what they want them to believe.

Aaron was born on Chicago, Illinois on 1986 and died on New York City on 2013, since an early age he was keen to programming as well creating websites and studying the internet culture, this was shown when he won the ArsDigital Prize by creating non-commercial educational websites which let him a trip to MIT and a meeting with influential people around the computer and internet worlds but by age 14 Swartz was already collaborating with experts on networking and becoming a member of the working group who authored the RSS 1.0 Specifications.

According to reports of the police as well his family Aaron was battling chronic depression for a quite a while which could be the main reason why he ended with his life. According to reports by his family, it was his girlfriend who found his body supposedly hanging. During his lifetime he attended Stanford University but left after his Freshman stating that "I didn't find it a very intellectual atmosphere, since most of the other kids seemed profoundly unconcerned with their studies." and after he left he founded the software company Infogami.

Though the, Y Combinator program, Swartz found himself working on the Reddit website, which on the initial states was having problems to generate revenue from the project but the site eventually gained popularity and attracted and still does millions of visitors per month; Swartz relocated the company to San Francisco, California around 2007 to work also on Wired but he grew up uneasy and unhappy with the set-up but eventually quit on the same year after pressure and working in an environment that he never liked. On September of 2007 along with entrepreneur Simon Carstensen launched Jottit.

Being a prodigy and a connoisseur Swartz was a fellow at Harvard University Center for Ethics and also founded some other business; but besides his achievements he co-founded Demand Progress, an advocacy group that organize the population via email and other media tools to contact the Congress and other political leaders about targeted issues which was one of the most vocal groups regarding freedom of speech and freedom in the Internet because they fought against SOPA and PIPA.