Aaron Swartz

Aaron Swartz (1986–2013) was an American computer programmer, a writer, a political organizer, and an Internet hacktivist. He was involved in the development of RSS, Creative Commons, web.py, and Reddit. He helped launch the Progressive Change Campaign Committee in 2009 and founded the online group Demand Progress. He is the author of The Boy Who Could Change the World (The New Press). He is survived by his parents and two brothers, who live in Chicago.

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News and Reviews


Booklist reviews Aaron Swartz's "remarkably substantial collection of writings."

Publishers Weekly

Publishers Weekly reviews Aaron Swartz's "thought-provoking collection of essays, lectures, and blog posts."


Kirkus writes, "While his conceptual and argumentative brilliance is certainly present, there’s also a youthful naiveté here, which makes for a wistful reading experience. An important record of forward-looking thought cut short."


Books by Aaron Swartz

The Boy Who Could Change the World
The Writings of Aaron Swartz

Aaron Swartz