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In May 2006, Aaron Swartz wrote a blog post titled "The Book That Changed My Life". The book in question, Understanding Power, is a series of transcribed discussions with the MIT linguist Noam Chomsky in which Chomsky analyses and explains the ways in which political power is wielded, acquired and guarded. "Reading the book, I felt as if my mind was rocked by explosions. At times the ideas were too much that I literally had to lie down," Swartz wrote. "Ever since then," he continued, "I've realised that I need to spend my life working to fix the shocking brokenness I'd discovered."

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It's no secret that a factor in Aaron Swartz's recent suicide was likely the charges being pressed against him by in part by MIT over the whole JSTOR incident. While JSTOR backed off, MIT tacitly backed the U.S. attorneys who continued to push, hard. Now, after being criticized in a statement by Swartz's friends and family, MIT has announced its intention to go back and investigate the legal action internally.

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Former Reddit co-owner and founder of DemandProgress, Aaron Swartz commited suicide at the age of 26 in New York City yesterday, according to reports by The Tech. Swartz had been battling criminal charges related to his attempts to make JSTOR archives public and had been facing up to 50 years in prison and $US4 million dollars in fines at the time of his death.