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Here’s The MIT Surveillance Video That Got Aaron Swartz Arrested

The surveillance tape that got Aaron Swartz arrested has been made public after Wired’s Kevin Poulsen filed a Freedom of Information Act request. Aaron Swartz was a programmer and activist prior to his death in January. He was notably tied up in a court case with MIT surrounding how he […]
Here’s The MIT Surveillance Video That Got Aaron Swartz Arrested
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The American Library Association Has Given Aaron Swartz Its First Ever Posthumous Award

[credit provider=”ragesoss/Flickr” url=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/ragesoss/3835494997/”] Famed Internet activist Aaron Swartz was honored today by the American Library Association. He became the first person to posthumously receive the association’s James Madison Award.This is an award for those who champion public access to government information.
The American Library Association Has Given Aaron Swartz Its First Ever Posthumous Award
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MIT Hoax ‘Tipster’ Said Gunman Wanted To Avenge Aaron Swartz’s Death

[credit provider=”Selfagency via Flickr” url=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/jewschool/6722393349/”] A person who called MIT Saturday to report a supposed gunman on campus wearing body armour said that person was seeking revenge for the suicide of Reddit co-founder Aaron Swartz, the Boston Herald reports.The caller said the gunman was a staff member who was targeting […]
MIT Hoax ‘Tipster’ Said Gunman Wanted To Avenge Aaron Swartz’s Death
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Prosecutors May Have Wanted Aaron Swartz In Jail To Justify Arresting Him In The First Place

[credit provider=”Wikipedia/The United States Attorney’s Office”] After digital activist Aaron Swartz’s suicide last month, tens of thousands of people criticised federal prosecutors who demanded that Swartz plead guilty to 13 felonies and serve jail time for illegally downloading academic papers.Swartz was arrested in January 2011 after he downloaded millions of […]
Prosecutors May Have Wanted Aaron Swartz In Jail To Justify Arresting Him In The First Place
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Rep. Issa Slams Prosecutors For How They Handled The Aaron Swartz Case

[credit provider=”Flickr via Joi Ito” url=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/joi/2590425651/”] U.S. Rep. Darrell Issa is blasting prosecutors for what he says was an overzealous prosecution of famed Internet activist Aaron Swartz.After Swartz killed himself in his New York apartment, his family said a too-aggressive criminal hacking prosecution spurred the 26-year-old to take his own life.
Rep. Issa Slams Prosecutors For How They Handled The Aaron Swartz Case
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We Need To Think Beyond The Aaron In ‘Aaron’s Law’

The Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA)’s disproportionate penalties and lack of nuance played a role in Aaron Swartz’ prosecution and likely in his subsequent suicide. So three weeks ago, California Representative Zoe Lofgren introduced “Aaron’s Law” to update the CFAA.
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Hackers Post Private Data From More Than 4,000 US Bank Executives

[credit provider=”YouTube/Aarons ArkAngel” url=”http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WaPni5O2YyI”] Hackers affiliated with Anonymous seem to have published information from more than 4,000 American bank executive accounts on a government website last night, Violet Blue of ZDNet reports.The alleged hack is part of its new “Operation Last Resort” campaign, which defaced two .gov websites last week […]
Hackers Post Private Data From More Than 4,000 US Bank Executives
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Anonymous Threatens To Leak Sensitive Records If The Feds Don’t Reform An Anti-Hacking Law

[credit provider=”Operation Last Resort via CNET” url=”http://news.cnet.com/8301-1009_3-57566016-83/in-swartz-protest-anon-hacks-u.s-site-threatens-leaks/”] Hactivist group Anonymous has hacked the website of the U.S. Sentencing Commission in the name of Aaron Swartz, threatening to leak sensitive government documents if the feds don’t reform the justice system, CNET reports.The collective posted a manifesto regarding “Operation Last Resort,” along […]
Anonymous Threatens To Leak Sensitive Records If The Feds Don’t Reform An Anti-Hacking Law
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‘Trailer Park Troll’ From Arkansas Faces A Plight Similar To Aaron Swartz

[credit provider=”Wikimedia Commons/Weev” url=”http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Weevilicious.jpg”] Andrew “Weev” Auernheimer is a hacktivist from the same internet community that has lionised Aaron Swartz as a free information hero.They are polar opposites: Swartz, who became a martyr to the cause after his suicide on January 11, was a highly-regarded, Ivy League-educated liberal from Illinois.
‘Trailer Park Troll’ From Arkansas Faces A Plight Similar To Aaron Swartz
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Memory To Myth: Tracing Aaron Swartz Through The 21st Century

I met Aaron Swartz in Cambridge shortly after he’d been indicted for downloading lots of JSTOR articles on MIT’s network in 2011. My Wired colleague Ryan Singel had been writing about his story, and I’d talked a lot with my friends in academia and publishing about the problems of putting […]