Commenting on Aaron Swartz's Death
There has been an enormous amount written about the suicide of Aaron Swartz. This is primarily a collection of links, starting with those that use his death to talk about the broader issues at play: Orin Kerr, Larry Lessig, Jennifer Granick, Glenn Greenwald, Henry Farrell, danah boyd, Cory Doctorow, James Fallows, Brewster Kahle, Carl Malamud, and Mark Bernstein. Here are obituaries from the New York Times and Economist. Here are articles and essays from CNN.com, The Huffington Post, Larry Lessig, TechDirt, CNet, and Forbes, mostly about the prosecutor’s statement after the death and the problems with plea bargaining in general. Representative Zoe Lofgren is introducing a bill to prevent this from happening again.
I don’t have anything to add, but enough people have sent me their thoughts via e-mail that I thought it would be good to have a thread on this blog for conversation.
EDITED TO ADD (1/23): Groklaw’s legal analysis. Secret Service involvement.
EDITED TO ADD (1/29): Another.
EDITED TO ADD (2/28): The DoJ has admitted that Aaron Swartz’s prosecution was political.
EDITED TO ADD (3/4): This profile of Aaron Swartz is very good.
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