I’m so sorry for Aaron, and sorry about Aaron. My sincere condolences to his parents, whom I never met, but who loved their brilliant, magnificently weird son and made sure he always had chaperonage when he went abroad on his adventures…
To the world: we have all lost someone today who had more work to do, and who made the world a better place when he did it.
Here’s a video Doctorow included in his post; if you watch it you’ll probably find your imagination go wild with the possibilities this young man had in his future. Aaron Swartz made a huge impact in his 26 years. He could have made much, much more.
A good way to get at Aaron’s history is to read the text from a talk he gave at the Tathva 2007 computer conference at NIT Calicut: How to Get a Job Like Mine