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Am I the only one paranoid enough to think we have a government possibly willing and certainly able to stage this? I know humans look for blame in a tragedy, but he was a very real threat to those opposed to internet freedom...
What was he working on?
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
Swartz was a co-founder of Demand Progress, an advocacy group that organizes people via email and other media for "contacting Congress and other leaders, funding pressure tactics, and spreading the word" about targeted issuesSwartz was involved with a campaign to prevent the passing of the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) bill that sought to combat copyright violations in the Internet, but criticized by the opponents for being too overreachingAround 2006, Swartz acquired the Library of Congress's complete bibliographic dataset: the library charged fees to access this, but as a government document, it was not copyright-protected within the USA. By posting the data in the Open Library, Swartz made it freely availableOn December 27, 2010, Swartz filed a Freedom of Information Act request to learn about the treatment of Bradley Manning, alleged source for Wikileaks. Wikileaks released an uncorroborated statement (via twitter) claiming that Swartz "assisted Wikileaks" and had been in contact with Julian Assange in 2010-11
....And yes...I suspect Foul Play
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