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RIP, Aaron Swartz

On today's podcast, I read read my obituary for Aaron Swartz, and the afterword he wrote for my upcoming novel, Homeland.

I met Aaron when he was 14 or 15. He was working on XML stuff (he co-wrote the RSS specification when he was 14) and came to San Francisco often, and would stay with Lisa Rein, a friend of mine who was also an XML person and who took care of him and assured his parents he had adult supervision. In so many ways, he was an adult, even then, with a kind of intense, fast intellect that really made me feel like he was part and parcel of the Internet society, like he belonged in the place where your thoughts are what matter, and not who you are or how old you are.

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John Taylor Williams is a audiovisual and multimedia producer based in Washington, DC and the co-host of the Living Proof Brew Cast. Hear him wax poetic over a pint or two of beer by visiting livingproofbrewcast.com. In his free time he makes "Beer Jewelry" and "Odd Musical Furniture." He often "meditates while reading cookbooks."

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3 Responses to “RIP, Aaron Swartz”

  1. Emily says:

    Thanks for reading this, Cory. Yours was the first obit I read for Aaron. And though I didn't know him, I share his beliefs about the people we can be and the things we can (and must) do. I'm heartbroken by it all. Thank you for mustering the strength to share Aaron with us. I feel honored to know him through your and others' words.

  2. Tom says:

    Cory,

    Thanks for sharing your remembrance of Aaron. I first read of his passing with your tweet last week. Your words do honor to Aaron's passions and determination. Thank you for all you do for Internet Freedom, fiction and nonfiction. Peace.

  3. Cory Doctorow says:

    Thank you, Tom.

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