– Cyberactivist and computer programmer Aaron Swartz took his life on Friday at the age of 26. We air an address of Swartz’s from last May where he speaks about the battle to defeat The Stop Online Piracy Act, or SOPA — a campaign he helped lead. “[SOPA] will have yet another name, and maybe a different excuse, and probably do its damage in a different way, but make no mistake, the enemies of the freedom to connect have not disappeared,” Swartz said. “… Next time, they might just win. Let’s not let that happen.” \n\nTo watch the entire weekday independent news hour, read the transcript, download the podcast, search our vast archive, or to find more information about Democracy Now! and Amy Goodman, visit\n\nDemocracy Now!, an independent global news hour that airs weekdays on 1,100+ TV and radio stations Monday through Friday.\n\nFOLLOW DEMOCRACY NOW! ONLINE:\nFacebook:\nTwitter: @democracynow\nSubscribe on YouTube:\nListen on SoundCloud: \nDaily Email News Digest:\n\nPlease consider supporting independent media by making a donation to Democracy Now! today, visit