Aaron H. Swartz (November 8, 1986 – January 11, 2013) was an American computer programmer, writer, political organizer and Internet activist. Swartz was involved in the development of the web feed format RSS, the website framework web.py, and the social news site Reddit.
Swartz also focused on sociology, civic awareness and activism. In 2010 he became a research fellow at Harvard University’s Safra Center for Ethics. He founded the online group Demand Progress, known for its campaign against the Stop Online Piracy Act, and later worked with the activist groups Rootstrikers and Avaaz.
On January 6, 2011, Swartz was arrested by federal authorities in connection with systematic downloading of academic journal articles from JSTOR. Swartz opposed JSTOR’s practice of compensating publishers, rather than authors, out of the fees it charges for access to articles. Swartz contended that JSTOR’s fees were limiting public access to academic work that was being supported by public funding.
On January 11, 2013, Swartz was found dead in his Crown Heights, Brooklyn apartment where he had hanged himself.
(extract from fffff.at) …there are beautiful and very important stuff about Aaron’s incredible legacy, his amazing politics and the miscarriage of justice against him, that you should read. You can even join the JSTOR Liberator Front!
The folks from F.A.T. thought the best way to remember him would be building something for the web that could be shared. F.A.T reused the code of STOP SOPA campaign, in which Aaron played a key role, to build this little moment of silence and pay a html tribute to Aaron.
Git it here or embed it on your site: