Aaron Swartz was a tech whiz-kid and political activist devoted to a free and open internet. A true Anonymous. When he tried to ‘liberate’ data from an academic website, the US government used him (as they have many others) as an example. He was gang stalked, and harassed and abused. The US government abused Aaron Swartz until the day they killed him. MIT, whose files had been released to the public, dropped charges as the incident. But then the US government swooped in. To those who live this life, the life of the interwebz, this is something encountered every day. Aaron Swartz’s death was not a voluntary suicide, but a forced one. Like so many others, it is likely the belt around his neck was placed there by one of the governments thugs. He has joined the ranks of many freedom fighters who have been martyred as an example of an illegal tyrannical government’s power and control over those who dare to dream of a free humanity. Knowledge is free. This is the idea of Anonymous. The idea is bulletproof and will never die, tho Anonymous are often silenced for liberating information that should always be available to all.
Aaron Swartz is a hero to all humanity. He campaigned against the Internet censorship bills (SOPA/PIPA), was a contributing Editor to The Baffler and on the Council of Advisors to The Rules. A true hacktivist. For more read his site here.
Rest in Peace.
After Aaron’s death, Anonymous released a file containing what appeared to be public and private phone numbers, addresses, email addresses, and password hashes of some 4,000 members of the banking industry in an ongoing protest against the US Department of Justice’s treatment of Aaron Swartz. Anonymous remembers Aaron every year. Join in next January 11.