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From the archives: Aaron Swartz, 14-year-old Web pioneer

WBEZ on January 14, 2013 15:59

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    Chicago-born Internet activist Aaron Swartz took his own life in his New York City apartment on Friday, according to his uncle Michael Wolf. Swartz, who at 14 co-authored the RSS 1.0 specification, which is widely used for publishing news stories, was often described as a brilliant thinker and architect in the Internet freedom movement by his close friends. He was also considered an early builder of the social news and entertainment website Reddit.

    WBEZ contributor Lew Koch interviewed Swartz for Eight Forty-Eight in 2001, when Swartz was just 14 and making a name for himself on the World Wide Web. Swartz’s maturity and prescience here are stunning. During their conversation he predicted: the rise of the “two-way Web,” in which individuals will be able to easily create their Web-based own content; search as we know it today; and the prevalence of voice recognition software.

    “Computers and humans will be working together. We’ll stop having to do some of the rote tasks we have to do now,” Swartz told WBEZ. “Computers will be able to do all the mundane tasks in our daily lives.”

    Click here for more on Swartz's life and legacy: http://bit.ly/WGAniB

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