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Article posted Jan 14 2013, 10:40 AM Category: Commentary Source: Glenn Greenwald Print

The inspiring heroism of Aaron Swartz

The internet freedom activist committed suicide on Friday at age 26, but his life was driven by courage and passion
Glenn Greenwald

Aaron Swartz, the computer programmer and internet freedom activist, committed suicide on Friday in New York at the age of 26. As the incredibly moving remembrances from his friends such as Cory Doctorow and Larry Lessig attest, he was unquestionably brilliant but also - like most everyone - a complex human being plagued by demons and flaws. For many reasons, I don't believe in whitewashing someone's life or beatifying them upon death. But, to me, much of Swartz's tragically short life was filled with acts that are genuinely and, in the most literal and noble sense, heroic. I think that's really worth thinking about today.

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