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The majority of Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) websites became inaccessible in memory of RSS and Reddit cofounder Aaron Swartz on Sunday evening. Anonymous hacked MIT to leave a message honouring the 26-year-old Internet freedom activist who hanged himself on Friday.

Swartz was found dead in his Brooklyn apartment after struggling for years against a legal system that he felt had not caught up to the information age.

Federal prosecutors had tried unsuccessfully to mount a case against him for publishing reams of court documents that normally cost a fee to download. He helped lead the campaign to defeat a law that would have made it easier to shut down websites accused of violating copyright protections.

In the end, Swartz’s family said, that same system helped cause his death by branding as a felon a talented young activist…

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