Last week Aaron Swartz, one of the founders of Demand Progress which organized the movement to block the passage of SOPA and PIPA, committed suicide. Swartz was facing thirteen felony charges from the government for downloading millions of academic articles from JSTOR (a digital library) possibly with the intent of distributing them on the internet.
Swartz had a few other accomplishments to his name, he was a co-founder of Reddit, helped create RSS, and launched Creative Commons. Democracy Now! covered Swartz's death, his impending trial, and played a speech Swartz gave about his time fighting SOPA. I enjoyed Swartz's speech, to hear how a mass movement of citizens organized and stood up to congress, it gives you hope that positive change is possible. We owe Aaron Swartz a debt of gratitude.