We are sad to announce that Aaron Swartz, who started RSS at 14 and was co-founder of Reddit, was found dead in his Brooklyn Apartment. Under legal harassment by SOPA and Massachusetts justice system for his longtime advocacy for free information, Swartz was allegedly overcome by the weight of criminal sanctions pushed on him by the MDOJ.
Coincidentally, our blog’s previous curiosity was piqued when Phillip Streich, a young scientist who developed applications for graphene, was also found dead after returning home from New York last year. Still haven’t found cause of death of Streich published anywhere in the news online. (If anyone finds any story where the cause of Streich’s death is mentioned, please post it here. Thanks).
We hope this isn’t becoming a pattern where young programmers and tech prodigies don’t start dying of “suicide” related incidents, where one thing they have in common is a strong advocacy for fairness, justice, and helping the common man. Story here, comments welcome on this blog. Anonymity guaranteed within legality.