Listen To A 14-Year-Old Aaron Swartz Predict The Future Of The Internet

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Aaron Swartz, co-founder of Reddit and computer activist who fought to make online content free to the public was found dead. A spokeswoman for New York's Medical Examiner claimed the 26-year-old Aaron, who was facing possible jail time for illegally downloading a trove of academic articles from JSTOR, had committed suicide.

Aaron Swartz

Aaron Swartz, co-founder of Reddit and computer activist who fought to make online content free to the public was found dead. A spokeswoman for New York's Medical Examiner claimed the 26-year-old Aaron, who was facing possible jail time for illegally downloading a trove of academic articles from JSTOR, had committed suicide.

This 2001 interview with public radio station WBEZ, 14-year-old Aaron Swartz, credited with contributing to the RSS standard, told the host, Lew Koch, what he imagined the future of the internet would look like.

"It's harder to predict the short-term future than the long-term future," he warned, but he suggested that the "semantic web" was just over the horizon. It was to be a "two-way web," he said,"where users of the web can really write their own webpages."

His idea was for the users to "really take part, so it's not just a passive medium where you sit and read what other people have writtten, but you can get a space on the web and really write."

The interview and the 14-year-old whiz kid’s ideas and plans as well as his involvement with RSS, are worth a listening!

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