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Tech Thoughts Daily Net News €? December 24, 2013 PATCHED



On the evening of January 11, 2013, Swartz's girlfriend, Taren Stinebrickner-Kauffman, found him dead in his Brooklyn apartment.[75][108][109] A spokeswoman for New York's Medical Examiner reported that he had hanged himself.[108][109][110][111] No suicide note was found.[112] Swartz's family and his partner created a memorial website on which they issued a statement, saying: "He used his prodigious skills as a programmer and technologist not to enrich himself but to make the Internet and the world a fairer, better place."[23]




Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – December 24, 2013


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Supporters of Swartz responded to news of his death with an effort called #PDFTribute to promote Open Access.[183][184] On January 12, Eva Vivalt, a development economist at the World Bank, began posting her academic articles online using the hashtag #pdftribute as a tribute to Swartz.[184][185][186] Scholars posted links to their works.[187] Swartz' story has exposed the topic of open access to scientific publications to wider audiences.[188][189] In Swartz' wake, many institutions and personalities have campaigned for open access to scientific knowledge.[190] Swartz's death prompted calls for more open access to scholarly data (e.g., open science data).[191][192] The Think Computer Foundation and the Center for Information Technology Policy (CITP) at Princeton University announced scholarships awarded in memory of Swartz.[193] In 2013, Swartz was posthumously awarded the American Library Association's James Madison Award for being an "outspoken advocate for public participation in government and unrestricted access to peer-reviewed scholarly articles."[194][195] In March, the editor and editorial board of the Journal of Library Administration resigned en masse, citing a dispute with the journal's publisher, Routledge.[196] One board member wrote of a "crisis of conscience about publishing in a journal that was not open access" after the death of Swartz.[197][198] In 2002, Swartz had stated that when he died, he wanted all the contents of his hard drives made publicly available.[199][200]


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