Internet Activist Aaron Swartz to be Inducted into Internet Hall of Fame

Internet activist Aaron Swartz has been posthumously inducted into the Internet Hall of Fame, according to the BBC. Swartz committed suicide in January of this year in his New York City apartment. He was 26 years old. He helped build internet institutions like Reddit and Creative Commons, co-authored the very first RSS specification and was an internet activist through his work as the founder of Demand Progress.

Swartz killed himself while fighting charges filed by the Justice Department from which he had hacked an online archive of academic papers. His family, fellow internet activists, academics and rights groups strongly condemned the US government's aggressive pursuit of legal charges against Swartz. If he were to be found guilty, he could have faced decades in prison and fines of about $1 million.

Swartz is was one of 32 individuals the Internet Hall of Fame chose as its 2013 inductees. Others included Bob Metcalfe, the inventor of the Ethernet networking technology, and Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales.

The ceremony to honor this year's Hall of Fame inductees will be held in Berlin on August 3.

Source: BBC


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