Why You Should Care About the Death of Internet Activist Aaron Swartz, The Internet Remains Free in Large Part Because of His Efforts

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“Aaron’s death is not simply a personal tragedy. It is the product of a criminal justice system rife with intimidation and prosecutorial overreach.”

Aaron led the way in the effort to stop SOPA. Every single person in the world who values the free flow of information on the Internet, and the free market of ideas owes this young man a debt of gratitude.

The government threw the book at Aaron to make an example of him. All of Hollywood weighed in very heavily for the passage of SOPA, “a thermonuclear bunker busting bomb aimed at the Internet.” But the people of the Internet rose up and stopped this horrible piece of legislation.

Hollywood and other interests which are keen on locking down the Internet don’t forget these sorts of things, and this is why Mr. Swartz was made an example.

Check out what Aaron says a US senator said to him during the SOPA battle. “The Internet must be controlled ..We’re going to show them!”