Aaron fought for freedom and equal rights for all of us. He was one the of the most brilliant and active programmers of any generation, and managed to achieve so much in only 26 years of his too-short life that activists aren't able to achieve in a lifetime. He wanted to change the world, make it a better place. And he did make the world better, by developing the Creative Commons platform, by founding Demand Progress, by defeating SOPA. He wanted "public" information to be available to the public truly. He did so much for us, how can one not call him a hero?
I can't believe how unjustly he was hounded and threatened by his own government, and in the end they crushed him.
I refuse to believe he committed suicide. And even if he did, he is and will always be my hero. The human race needs Aaron Swartz as an icon instead of Steve Jobs.
This is a touchy situation...anybody who commits suicide, kills himself should not be considered a hero. However, in this case, Aaron died because of his beliefs. He worked to keep the internet flowing freely. He pushed for politicians to be exposed and forced them to do the right thing for everyone. He pushed for education.
Aaron Swartz should be considered a modern day hero. He believed strongly in internet freedoms and transparency. His 'crimes' involved releasing intellectual papers and ideas into the public. For this, the Justice Department attempted to crucify him and threatened him with decades of prison time, which is monumentally disproportionate to the crime. He should be regarded as an internet freedom fighter.
Anybody who commits suicide is a complex figure. Schwartz certainly was that and more. He was a man who wanted to keep the Internet a free-flowing place of ideas. He helped create a site like Reddit, which gives web surfers much more control over the content at their finger tips. Sure, he also "stole" millions of articles from MIT, but the legality of those charges is still pending.
Aaron fought for equal right and equal opportunity for everybody. His alleged crime was making educational material open for all. Since Aaron fought against the privilege of a select few to turn a profit at the expense of many, he should be considered a hero for his actions. He certainly is my hero.
Aaron Swartz should be and is considered a hero by many people in the technology and internet field. He stood up for what he believed was right when it came to internet censorship and access. He was unfairly bullied by the Justice Department for what he stood for. Aaron Swartz fought for all of us.
He committed suicide. End of story. That is "A permanent solution for a temporary problem." Suicide does not solve anything. Yes he pushed for freedom of speech and internet freedom. That was a good thing. However, suicide sets a bad example for children and other people who don't understand the concept. Suicide is never an option.