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The Death of Aaron Swartz and the New Hacker Crackdown

Geek Republic - In 1992, the sci-fi writer Bruce Sterling published The Hacker Crackdown, a riveting nonfiction book about a string of high-profile hacker busts on the early “electronic frontier” of the late ’80s and early ’90s. The first hacker crackdown shook the early internet to its core and helped mobilize political geeks. Today, we’re in the midst of a new crackdown. And with the death this weekend of the legally and emotionally troubled 26-year-old computer genius Aaron Swartz, this one has a body count. (Culture, Web)

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