Aaron Swartz, an early employee of the link-sharing site reddit, is dead at the age of 26, the Associated Press has confirmed. The 26-year-old programmer and internet activist reportedly hanged himself in his Brooklyn apartment weeks before he was to appear in court for illegally downloading millions of scholarly articles.
On Wednesday night Amanda Todd, a cyberbullied Canadian teen, took her own life. Two days later, a video that she posted to YouTube a month ago telling her sad story is circulating the web. Unfortunately, her cry for help has gone viral two days too late.
Bullying and depression have always been important issues, but the urgency of these issues has made its way to the forefront in recent months, following a surge in gay teen suicide last fall. In the last month alone we’ve seen a bullying victim become a hero for fighting back, body slamming his tormentor, a bullied teen take a quiet stand on YouTube and more. Now a group of nearly 1,000 high school students is spreading awareness with an EPIC 10-minute lip dub, which is going viral on YouTube.