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Economist magazine, others praise the gifted Aaron Swartz

Posted by Your Town  January 14, 2013 09:29 AM

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Memorials and remembrances continue to come in after the suicide of Aaron Swartz, the co-founder of Reddit and a leading voice for open online access to information.

In addition to the comments we posted here and our coverage of MIT President L. Rafael Reif's decision to order an analysis of the events leading up to the death, here are a few other comments:

"To call Aaron Swartz gifted would be to miss the point. As far as the internet was concerned, he was the gift,'' the Economist wrote.

The New York Times, meanwhile, cast Swartz as the leader of a cause for open access to online information.

In a Monday article, the Times wrote: ". . . he was recalled as . . .a hero of the free culture movement — a coalition as varied as Wikipedia contributors, Flickr photographers and online educators, and prominent figures like Julian Assange, the WikiLeaks founder, and online vigilantes like Anonymous. They share a belief in using the Internet to provide easy, open access to the world’s knowledge.

Wired magazine, in a post over the weekend, said much the same:

"We often say, upon the passing of a friend or loved one, that the world is a poorer place for the loss,'' the Wired post said. "But with the untimely death of programmer and activist Aaron Swartz, this isn’t just a sentiment; it’s literally true. Worthy, important causes will surface without a champion equal to their measure. Technological problems will go unsolved, or be solved a little less brilliantly than they might have been. And that’s just what we know. The world is robbed of a half-century of all the things we can’t even imagine Aaron would have accomplished with the remainder of his life.''

In a roundup of online commentary, Mashable said "The technology community's brightest minds are memorializing Aaron Swartz.''

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