Aaron Swartz was an internet pioneer, a crucial part of the creation of RSS, Reddit, and Creative Commons. He was also, as of this past Friday, under investigation for allegedly taking millions of documents from JSTOR, an online directory of scholarly articles, with the presumed intention to publish them publicly and freely. But on Friday, Swartz was discovered dead in his Brooklyn apartment, having hanged himself.
As tribute, many of his fans and followers have begun posting links to research and academic papers, which are being collected by a new site. Swartz was a relentless proponent of open information; he fought repeatedly against JSTOR due to its tendency to charge the public for scholarly articles and pay the proceeds to publishers rather than authors. His stance was that these articles should be available to the public, for the public good, and that certainly if there is money exchanged, it should go to the authors rather than publishers.
At the time of writing, PDFTribute has over 1,500 collected links, ranging across all subjects. You can check them out here.
are we seriously calling this a suicide? big political activist that defines his life on not playing the games that politicians are takes his own life? i'm not trying to be paranoid here but this seems way too obvious to just say that he took his own life.
just the sheer fact that he was found hanging in his house tell me that this wasn't a suicide. i sincerely hope it wasn't the united states that did this, we have enough broken liberties as it is...
to mars or bust!
Ghost i do not think you are paranoid. Someone stood to lose millions of dollars worth of revenew from the documents mr. swartz collected. It is too coincidental to believe that he would take his life just before he was about to release these documents. This Was Set UP!
ALSO FOR THE LOVE OF TECHNOLOGY POPSCI PLEASE DO SOMTHING ABOUT THESE STUPID F-ING WORK FROM HOME SPAMMERS AND THEIR STUPID $7000 A Month BS If they really made that much they wouldent be posting ads in the comment section of a science publication. EVERY ONE KNOWS REAL SCIENTISTS DONT HAVE ANY MONEY oh wait no thats musicians. Damn.