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Aaron Swartz 1986–2013

12 Jan 2013

I woke up this morning to a direct message from Bøtter telling me that Aaron died and that his last tweet was to me. Aaron’s work was a great inspiration and I will miss him. I don’t really have much else to say today, but reading all that’s been written today only serves to remind me of the great person he was. It is a tribute to him that almost every story on the front page of Hacker News right now is about Aaron.

I couldn’t help but smile at the image of Aaron reading Robert Caro aloud to Quinn: the second-to-last time I met Aaron was when we went to a Caro reading at the Union Square Barnes & Noble in May. We argued about how much credit Caro gave Ina in The Path to Power. As Caro was signing his copy, Aaron asked him who he’d write about next.

Read more by The Tech, Cory Doctorow, Aaron’s mom, Larry Lessig, The New York Times, Alex Stamos, Tim Berners-Lee, Philip Greenspun, Aaron’s family, Rick Perlstein, Glenn Greenwald, Dean Baker, danah boyd, Matthew Yglesias, Henry Farrell.