Hundreds honor information activist Swartz in NYC

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Associated Press

Posted on January 20, 2013 at 10:02 AM

Updated Sunday, Jan 20 at 10:02 AM

NEW YORK (AP) — Hundreds of friends and supporters of Aaron Swartz gathered in New York City to pay tribute to the free-information activist and online prodigy who killed himself last week.

The 26-year-old Swartz hanged himself in his apartment in Brooklyn months before he was to go on trial in Boston.

Federal prosecutors accused him of breaking into a computer wiring closet at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2010 and tapping into the university's computer network to get millions of paid-access scholarly articles.

Swartz's family has blasted prosecutors' handling of his case, saying overreaching led to his death.

David Segal of the activist group Demand Progress said Swartz "was trying to hack the whole world, in the best way."

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