AARON SWARTZ

  • Watch: 'The Internet's Own Boy The Story of Aaron Swartz' June 30, 2014

    'The Internet's Own Boy,' a documentary by Brian Knappenberger, tells the story of programming prodigy and information activist Aaron Swartz, who killed himself on January 11, 2013 at the young age of 26. Swartz, who helped create an early version of the Web feed system RSS and was facing federal...
  • Famed hacker Barnaby Jack dies a week before hacking convention July 27, 2013

    Barnaby Jack, a celebrated computer hacker who forced bank ATMs to spit out cash and sparked safety improvements in medical devices, died in San Francisco, a week before he was due to make a highprofile presentation at a hacking conference. The New Zealandborn Jack, 35, was found dead on Thursday evening...
  • MIT to release documents about information activist Aaron Swartz March 20, 2013

    Boston: The president of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology announced Tuesday that the school will voluntarily release public documents related to the prosecution of free-information activist Aaron Swartz, who hanged himself in January as he faced trial on hacking charges. The email announcement by MIT President L. Rafael Reif comes in...
  • Hackers claim attack on US Justice Department website January 27, 2013

    Washington: Hackers sympathetic to the late computer prodigy Aaron Swartz claimed on Saturday to have infiltrated the website of the US Justice Department's Sentencing Commission, and said they planned to release government data. The Sentencing Commission site, www.ussc.gov , was shut down early Saturday. Identifying themselves as Anonymous, a loosely organised...
  • Hundreds honour information activist Aaron Swartz in New York January 20, 2013

    New York: Portraying his suicide as the product of injustice, friends and supporters at a memorial Saturday for freeinformation advocate Aaron Swartz called for changing computercrime laws and the legal system itself. At a New York City ceremony that was part tribute and part rallying cry, Swartz who killed himself...
  • Why did Aaron Swartz kill himself? January 14, 2013

    New Delhi: Aaron Swartz, who helped develop RSS and cofounded Reddit, was found dead weeks before he was to go on trial on charges that he stole millions of scholarly articles in an attempt to make them freely available to the public. But what drove the computer prodigy to suicide?...
  • Swartz' death fuels debate over computer crime January 14, 2013

    New York: Internet freedom activist Aaron Swartz, who was found dead in his Brooklyn apartment Friday, struggled for years against a legal system that he felt had not caught up to the information age. Federal prosecutors had tried unsuccessfully to mount a case against him for publishing reams of court...
  • Reddit cofounder Aaron Swartz commits suicide at 26 January 13, 2013

    Chicago: Internet activist and computer prodigy Aaron Swartz, who helped create an early version of the Web feed system RSS and was facing federal criminal charges in a controversial fraud case, has committed suicide at age 26, authorities said on Saturday. Police found Swartz's body in his Brooklyn, New York,...