Editor’s Pick “Prosecutors do not acknowledge nuance,” Watt told me today. “They turn everything into a very clear-cut moral issue, where everything is nicely packaged into a premeditated act.”
Facing criticism for taking a hard line against accused academic journal downloader Aaron Swartz, who committed suicide Friday, MIT has issued a statement.
Aaron Swartz, the co-creator of RSS 1.0, web.py, and a prominent Internet activist, has committed suicide.
A 24-year-old programmer and online political activist could face up to 35 years in prison and a $1 million fine after being indicted on charges that he stole more than four million documents from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and JSTOR, a nonprofit archive of scientific journals and academic papers.