Aaron Hillel Swartz lived from November 8, 1986 – January 11, 2013. He was an internet hacktivist, political organizer, writer, and entrepreneur, and computer programmer.
He was the co-founder of the social news site Reddit and involved in website framework web.py, the organization Creative Commons, and the web feed format RSS the Markdown publishing format.
He also focused on civic activism and awareness. In 2011 he was arrested by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) police for downloading academic journals and state breaking- and- entering charges after connecting the MIT network in an unlocked and unmarked closet.
He was charged with 35 years in prison, a cumulative maximum penalty of $1 million on the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, restitution, asset forfeiture, etc. after his pleas bargain was rejected, he hanged himself Brooklyn apartment. He was given a place in the “Internet Hall of Fame” in 2013 after his death.