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Three readings for Aaron Swartz, an Internet activist you might not have heard of and now will never hear from
Aaron Swartz, who helped write the RSS specification and build Reddit, then became a fighter for open access to government data and scholarship and a target of federal prosecutions, killed himself yesterday. He was 26. If you didn't know his story, these three posts may enlighten you.
Boing Boing co-editor Cory Doctorow wrote this eulogy soon after hearing the news: http://boingboing.net/2013/01/12/rip-aaron-swartz.html
Law professor Larry Lessig damned the prosecutorial overreach that saw Swartz hit with felony charges for sneaking into a database of academic articles: http://lessig.tumblr.com/post/40347463044/prosecutor-as-bully
Swartz's lover Quinn Norton testified to the sometimes-troubled person she knew: http://www.quinnnorton.com/said/?p=644