A thing of the past
Aaron Hillel Swartz (1986–2013) was an American computer programmer, writer, political organizer and internet activist.
On January 6, 2011, Swartz was arrested by MIT police on state breaking-and-entering charges, after systematically downloading academic journal articles from JSTOR. Federal prosecutors later charged him, carrying a cumulative maximum penalty of $1 million in fines and up to 35 years in prison.
Two years later, two days after the prosecution denied his lawyer’s second offer of a plea bargain, Swartz was found dead in his Brooklyn, New York apartment, where he had hanged himself.
Aaron Swartz had suffered from suicidal depression and after his death a debate took place, whether “depression is as much a trigger of stress and anxiety as it is itself triggered by negative experiences”.