Aaron Swartz was one of the four developers of Reddit, was involved in developing RSS and Creative Commons, and was an internet activist. The Economist nicknamed him the Data Liberator in his obituary ([link]
). He was actively involved in developing and improving the freedom of information. For example, he hacked into the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's computer network and downloaded Academic Journals of the JSTOR (Journal-STORage), only to put them in public archives. He considered it morally wrong to charge for access to the JSTOR when the research of those journals was publicly funded.
He died on January 11th by suicide, after he charged for 13 counts, facing up to 35 years. The charges, brought by a federal prosecutor, were hugely disproportionate to what he had done; MIT and JSTOR had both settled with him, and JSTOR, as if chastened by him, had even opened some of its public-domain archive. But theft was theft, said the prosecution.
This is the most work I've ever put into a stencil, and even though the text (Information is power. But like all power, there are some who want to keep it for themselves) came out not too well, I myself am very satisfied by the results. I advise you all to zoom out (CTRL-minus) to see the face, or zoom in to read the text.
He is an hero and should not be forgotten.