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Aaron Swartz’s short life was absorbed in a cyber world

Harnessed rare skill, drew strength from ideals

Aaron Swartz evolved from computer prodigy to cyber activist gradually, fueled by an insatiable curiosity and an omnipresent cause.

“From the youngest age imaginable, about 13 years, he had done one thing: work to meet his ideal of what the world should be like,” said Harvard law professor Lawrence Lessig, a father-figure and friend to Swartz for more than a decade.

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