On this day, consider how the public image of affects creative tech-savvy people. How it might have affected Aaron.

Aaron was an easy target for US DoJ, partly because "of course hackers are bad". Perhaps Aaron would be alive today had the hacker movement not been demonized as much in the mainstream.

Consider this next time you use the word "hacker" when you mean "cybercriminal":

@rysiek There is also the Gabriella Coleman narrative that in the same time frame the US government cronies were really concerned about Anonymous. They had seen some sinister-looking videos and believed that this was a serious threat coming from unknown "hackers" outside of their scenario planning. I think Aaron was also caught up in the wave of paranoia among officials about hacker groups.

@bob Gabriela Coleman's "Hacker, Hoaxer, Whistleblower, Spy" is a great read.


I think aaronsw was caught up in the federal backlash over Chelsea Mannning and the "Collateral Murder" video.

They wanted to squeeze him and his friends for info on Assange and Manning, the latter was reputedly a friend of the community at MIT.


As usual, the fusion center was probably looking to pressurize people to turn them to informants/covert assets, like USG did allegedly with Adrian, Sabu, and others yet unknown.

@rysiek To this day I can never remember the name of JSTOR, I always have to look it up by searching for something like "the bastards who killed Aaron Swartz".

@mathew @rysiek Yeah, HDMI is what I use. Sometimes VGA via an HDMI-to-VGA adaptor cabel.

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