Cory Doctorow’s moving tribute to Swartz, 26, who was recently found to have committed suicide. I never knew Aaron, but I’d occasionally see him around Harvard. I recognized him because I followed his blog, digital activism, and standards-making work since I was in high school. He was a brilliant and driven thinker and doer in the digital law and public policy space. He also helped create (or at least rewrite) the early Reddit, crafted the Creative Commons license framework, and helped build the RSS specification. That’s a lot to accomplish in a lifetime, and he did it all in his teenage years and early 20s. He is a few years younger than me, and at times I found him inspiring, at other times inscrutable, but always I kept an eye out for his latest work. Sometimes I wondered — if I had done things differently, been more passionate, just a bit smarter — if I could have been like Aaron. Now, learning about his demons, I’m just sad for him, and for us, who no longer have him around.
I'm Danny Silverman, a normal guy in Hull, MA with an interest in law, culture, media, and using technology to bring people together even as we work ever harder to push ourselves apart.
My day job is running computer systems that help keep electricity flowing. I like exploring the outdoors. I catch and throw flying discs for sport. I occasionally pretend to be a runner. Sometimes I take pictures. I'm trying to decipher DIY.
To contact me: zeno@ this site.
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