Across the world, authorities are wildly overreacting to the threat posed by online activism. History says it won't work. Expect more Aaron Swartzs, Bradley Mannings and Kim Dotcoms in coming years.
While tributes have been flowing for computer activist Aaron Swartz after his death at the weekend, details have also emerged of his battle with US prosecutors.
Aaron Swartz was a hacker in every sense of the word. His death -- at just 26 -- is a tragic loss for technology's bright young things and raises questions about the fight for freedom of information on the internet.