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Aaron Swartz

Born: Nov 8, 1986

Death: Jan 11, 2013

Birthplace: Chicago

Profession: Writer

Nationality: United States

Aaron Swartz

Date of Birth : Nov 8, 1986
Date of Death : Jan 11, 2013
Birth Place : Chicago

Aaron Hillel Swartz was an American computer programmer, entrepreneur, writer, political organizer and Internet hacktivist who was involved in the development of the web feed format RSS and the Markdown publishing format, the organization Creative Commons, the website framework web.py and the social news site, Reddit, in which he became a partner after its merger with his company, Infogami. He committed suicide while under federal indictment for data-theft, a prosecution that was characterized by his family as being "the product of a criminal-justice system rife with intimidation and prosecutorial overreach". Swartz's work also focused on civic awareness and activism. He helped launch the Progressive Change Campaign Committee in 2009 to learn more about effective online activism. In 2010, he became a research fellow at Harvard University's Safra Research Lab on Institutional Corruption, directed by Lawrence Lessig. He founded the online group Demand Progress, known for its campaign against the Stop Online Piracy Act.


  • Writer
  • Programmer
  • Activist

Also known as

  • Aaron H. Swartz


  • Robert Swartz
  • Susan Swartz


  • Taren Stinebrickner-Kauffman
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