Aaron was a frequent blogger in which he wrote about various things such as his experiences at Stanford, his role in creating Creative Commons, copyright law, and an assortment of other topics. During his freshman year, Swartz applied to Y Combinator's very first Summer Founders Program proposing to work on a startup called Infogami designed as a flexible content management system to allow the creation of rich and visually interesting websites As part of his work on Infogami, Swartz created the web application framework because he was unhappy with other available systems in the Python programming language.In early fall of 2005, Swartz worked with the founders of another nascent Y-Combinator firm Reddit, to rewrite their Lisp codebase using Python and
In 2011–2012, Swartz, Kevin Poulsen, and James Dolan designed and implemented Dead Drop, a system that allows anonymous informants to send electronic documents without fear of disclosure.
In May 2013, the first instance of the software was launched by The New Yorker under the name Strongbox.
Rather than pursue a civil lawsuit against him, in June 2011 it This prompted a block of the IP Address.
In the morning, another IP Address, also from within the MIT network, began sending JSTOR more PDF download requests, resulting in a temporary full block on the firewall level of all MIT servers in the entire 184.108.40.206/8 range.
In 2011, Swartz was arrested by Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) police on state breaking-and-entering charges, after connecting a computer to the MIT network in an unmarked and unlocked closet, and setting it to download academic journal articles systematically from JSTOR using a guest user account issued to him by MIT.
Swartz declined a plea bargain under which he would have served six months in federal prison.Based on the facts that Swartz downloaded 2.7 million documents while PACER, at the time, contained 500 million, Lee concluded that Swartz downloaded less than one percent of the database.In 2006, Swartz wrote an analysis of how Wikipedia articles are written, and concluded that the bulk of the actual content comes from tens of thousands of occasional contributors, or "outsiders", each of whom may not make many other contributions to the site, while a core group of 500 to 1,000 regular editors tend to correct spelling and other formatting errors.Aaron Hillel Swartz (November 8, 1986 – January 11, 2013) was an American computer programmer, entrepreneur, writer, political organizer, and Internet hacktivist.He was involved in the development of the web feed format RSS He helped launch the Progressive Change Campaign Committee in 2009 to learn more about effective online activism.His conclusions, based on the analysis of edit histories of several randomly selected articles, contradicted the opinion of Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales, who believed the core group of regular editors were providing most of the content while thousands of others contributed to formatting issues.