Monday, August 04, 2014

The arrest and suicide of Aaron Schwartz: Is there a problem with the culture of secrecy in our universities?

Did MIT go too far in the Aaron Schwartz case?  Why are universities so secretive about their research?   I have a suspicion that university administrators are cut from the same cloth as K-12 school administrators--too often concerned about protecting the power of people in high positions rather than dedicating themselves to the goal of education.

Why did the Department of Justice go after Aaron so savagely?

Aaron Swartz's father: He'd be alive today if he was never arrested

June 27, 2014

In 2013, Internet activist and Reddit co-founder Aaron Swartz ended his life while facing up to 35 years in prison for hacking.

Swartz faced multiple charges for breaking and entering into an MIT wiring closet and downloading academic journals, including two counts of wire fraud and 11 counts of violating the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act. Swartz, who was battling the court, also battled with depression. Prosecutors dropped the charges after his death.

I first met Swartz's father, Robert, last year as he explained his mission to fight for his son's memory by helping to change outdated laws. He wanted answers about why he lost his son.

His son's story is now the subject of a new documentary called "The Internet's Own Boy: The story of Aaron Swartz."...

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