Untangling Justice: the case of Aaron Swartz

Aaron Swartz - Flickr CCFriday night, a gifted young man killed himself. We will never know why. What we do know is how our government hounded him for the better part of two years.

I’ve written two posts about Aaron – a longer one at TheModerateVoice late Saturday night and a more refined version at GeekWire Sunday afternoon.

I did not know Aaron, I only knew of Aaron. My heart goes out to his family, his partner, his friends; I cannot imagine their pain.

Our public legal system — the one that is supposed to be looking out for us, the citizens of the United States — kowtowed to a British corporation while grinding its heel into a 26-year-old idealist.

Visit the family’s site – or look at Techmeme – to see the outpouring of sadness and anger.

After writing these, I learned about #pdfTribute — academics posting their research with the hashtag.

I can’t remember feeling quite so helpless. Contact your Congressman and our President. Demand an investigation, otherwise actions like these are taken in your name.

By Kathy E. Gill

Digital evangelist, speaker, writer, educator. Transplanted Southerner; teach newbies to ride motorcycles! @kegill

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