Aaron Swartz

As someone who has struggled with depression, I find it terribly sad to read all the news of Aaron’s recent suicide. Many of my friends also struggle with depression and with fighting for information laws to change. They are also incredibly smart and see the world in a different way to those that seek the status-quo.

My natural reaction is to jump to finding solutions to the problems he was working on - getting rid of bullying prosecutors and opening up academic publishing. But what’s the point when a society doesn’t value the individual champions of freedom like Aaron? This type of change needs to be deep rooted; and it’s not going to change in a decade.

Change must start with how our children start interacting and respecting others opinions in pre-school and continue up to their adult lives…

…but that’s again looking for solutions. Now is a time to be sad and remember him and what he stood for.


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