Friday, December 6, 2013

Aaron Swartz

Video that led to Aaron Swartz’s arrest released

4 December 2013

"“Looking at the video, it’s easy to see what MIT and the Secret Service presumably saw — a furtive hacker going someplace he shouldn’t go, doing something he shouldn’t do,” Poulsen added. “But photos from the putative crime scene, also released by the Secret Service, add context missing from the video: a concrete support in the network closet is crammed with a jumble of Sharpie graffiti dating back to the early 1980s — earlier generations of hackers at the institution that invented hacking, going places they shouldn’t go, doing things they shouldn’t do, leaving their mark at the very spot where, on January 4, 2011, MIT lost its tolerance for such behavior.”"

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Most readers are aware of the conspiracy theories regarding the death of Aaron Swartz. Yet, however he died, it remains that a young life was cut down, and in Aaron's case, the world lost a young man of much promise.

The article reblogged above includes a much-quoted lament from Aaron's father, as well as reminds of the proposed Aaron's Bill, an effort to reframe the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act of 1986.

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