Another Young Internet/Tech Genius Dead by “Suicide”

Posted on Jan 13, 2013 in General Domain News | 8 comments

Another Young Internet/Tech Genius Dead by “Suicide”

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.

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  1. you all don’t understand when the gov comes after you the pressure is relentless and there is no where to run period. you can’t sleep, eat. think you are under attack and eventually you get worn down. even if you have legal help your resources will quickly dwindle and you will fail.
    I have been under attack and relented to the pressure.

  2. steven, SOPA is an act , specifically Stop Online Piracy Act. how does an Act harass someone ?

    • Hi Adam,

      Successclick loves to see your fingers typing on the keys with a response to one of our articles, and that’s a very good questions you ask.

      Let’s see if we can start with a simple “BILL” introduced a little over a decade ago called “THE PATRIOT ACT”, which is definitely a misnomer for a bill. Its anything but patriotic. So, we can see that this bill SOPA, introduced by that wunderderp U.S. Representative, Lamar S. Smith (R-TEX), to “expand the ability of U.S. Law Enforcement to fight online trafficking in copyrighted intellectual property and conterfeit goods.” The power and oppression of this bill is apparent for the coders, the hackers, the developers, and the whole of the internet community, including the Domain Industry (which is already on wobbly ground, just ask George). It doesn’t stop there. It extends to consumers too. Downloading anything that touches SOPA’s terms of criminal sanctions is curious, misunderstood, and highly interpretive, but ultimately dangerous to your well-being.

      It is SOPA which initiates criminal investigations into someone’s actions, positions, statements, business models, websites, web domains, and interpretation of the online processes of utilizing online content to create, recreate, or in the eyes of doing good, protect someone’s copyrights and patents. As a writer and developer myself, I understand the loss of funds stolen from me from many of my projects, books and publications throughout my life. SOPA wasn’t there to help me and when they were, didn’t care. However, I never reached the absolute groundbreaking juggernaut of monopoly-busting advocacy that Swartz and Streich achieved, their similar passion to help the common man, their brilliance, and sudden and unexplained “suicides”.

      SOPA is a tool, a big hammer for overzealous prosecutors to make a name for themselves (which is the very nature of a “prosecutor” who is on the fast track to political shangrila). In that respect, Swartz came head to head with this hammer, and guaranteed, there are multiple corporate powers behind the support and push of SOPA, their connections, lobbying, and witch hunting tendencies that are spewed to our congress, who we all know is 100% right, smart, trustworthy, and always looking out for us citizens. This is why I mentioned SOPA in my article. Someone put logs on a fire to burn Swartz by using SOPA and their inside connections. That’s what happens many times when a law is intended to do “good”, but the pendulum swings too far the other way, and lots of bad happens… ie. Prohibition Act of 1920, actually added as an AMENDMENT to our CONSTITUTION, then removed 13 years later after they realized it didn’t work other than to create lots of “criminals” real and unintended (have a beer, go to jail).

      Now, let me give you some interesting information that wasn’t mentioned in any story about Aaron Swartz’s death, and how it “possibly” may be associated with SOPA (According to Wikipedia)
      On January 18, 2012, the English Wikipedia, Reddit, and an estimated 7,000 other smaller websites coordinated a service blackout, to raise awareness. In excess of 160 million people viewed Wikipedia’s banner. Other protests against SOPA and PIPA included petition drives, with Google stating it collected over 7 million signatures, boycotts of companies and organizations that support the legislation, and an opposition rally held in New York City.”

      There is a wealth of scary information for domain investors in this Wikipedia article on SOPA: “The Electronic Frontier Foundation expressed concern that free and open source software (FLOSS) projects found to be aiding online piracy could experience serious problems under SOPA.[67] Of special concern was the web browser Firefox,[33] which has an optional extension, MAFIAAFire Redirector, that redirects users to a new location for domains that were seized by the U.S. government.[68] In May 2011, Mozilla refused a request by the Department of Homeland Security to remove MAFIAAFire from its website, questioning whether the software had ever been declared illegal.[69][70]“

      The anxiety bit is short in Wiki article: “Brooklyn Law School professor Jason Mazzone warned, “Much of what will happen under SOPA will occur out of the public eye and without the possibility of holding anyone accountable. For when copyright law is made and enforced privately, it is hard for the public to know the shape that the law takes and harder still to complain about its operation.”[53]

      We find it very interesting that Reddit, Swartz’s creation, would have been included in this massive protest of SOPA less than a year ago, and Swartz is now — dead. Just questions, Adam, that’s all.

  3. I would be more inclined to accept the deaths as just unfortunate as opposed to leaning towards conspiracy which we all know will be an un-ending debate.

    • @Adrian,

      No conspiracies have ever been uncovered in the world of invention, technology, and human growth during the phase of controlling the power, right? So, let’s just wave our hands in the air and say “tsk tsk, so sad”. I’m just wondering why and how many others we HAVE NOT heard about who have somehow “sadly committed suicide” while passionately fighting for something, being known for huge successes that made others lots of money, and I guess, this suicide “way out” of that life challenge is “normal”. Just wondering, and I am wondering if anyone else is wondering. Hence, Successclick continues its journalistic pursuits… thanks for writing.

  4. Very sad indeed.

    After hearing about this around 11 am PST, I thought this terrible news would’ve been blogged about over and over again here on domaining. However, this is the first I read about this.

    • @Sergio

      Thanks for writing, Serg. Our weirdest experience so far is not being able to find out the true cause of death of Phillip Streich, the graphene genius. It’s not to be found online other than “accident on his family’s farm”. That farm, which can be seen in a Discover Magazine article on Streich, is a bunch of chickens and a few pigs. We doubt by getting an autopsy report that this would reveal the truth. It’s an interesting story for 48 Hours or Dateline.

      • I’ll have to google him and check out his story.

        Not sure if you’re a listener but Coast to Coast AM was talking about Aaron the other night. Surely, they’ll be talking about his “suicide” again.

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