The suicide of boy-genius programmer and information activist Aaron Swartz has ignited a confusion of reactions, from academics liberating their journal articles in tribute to Anonymous, inevitably, breaking stuff.

Details have also emerged of Swartz's failure to negotiate a plea bargain just days before his death. He was facing 13 felony charges, relating to the alleged download of nearly five million documents from the JSTOR archive at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, that could have landed him in jail for decades. As The Wall Street Journal reported: