Aaron Swartz was a computer programmer who was involved in the development of the web feed format RSS, the founder of Demand Progress and most known for the social news site Reddit. Swartz’s impetus was to stand up for and to empower the little guy which is a useful way in helping develop the RSS feed to make more voices easily heard and working to create a platform like Reddit to democratize media content curation. Swartz was arrested on January 6, 2011 by MIT police on state breaking-and-entering charges, after systematically downloading academic journal articles from JSTOR. Prosecutors charged him on 2 counts of wire fraud and 11 violations of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act. All together he was fined $1 million and sentenced to 35 years in prison. After his appeal and plea-deal were denied for the second time, to avoid prison, he was found dead in his apartment where he hung himself. In June 2013, Swartz was inducted in to the Internet Hall of Fame.
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