Aaron Swartz!!!

Swartz took his own life in January while facing multiple Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA) felony charges relating to an attempt to download scholarly articles from academic database JSTOR in bulk through the MIT network.The 100-plus pages report lays out the institution’s actions and decisions from the initial investigation into the unusual JSTOR activity through Swartz’s suicide. The report ultimately concludes that MIT didn’t do anything particularly wrong, other than letting attempts to be neutral cloud its view of the larger ethical issues brought up by the case. Others have been less charitable toward the report and the actions it describes. Before the report was released, Swartz’s father released a statement saying he expected “MIT will recognize that it made significant mistakes in how it handled Aaron’s situation.” After its release, Swartz’s former partner Taren Stinebrickner-Kauffman released a statement calling MIT’s behavior during the case “reprehensible,” and terming the report “quite frankly a whitewash.”

Andrea Paterson published on July 31 2013, MIT’s report on Aaron Swartz, http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-switch/wp/2013/07/30/the-four-lamest-excuses-in-mits-report-on-aaron-swartz/

Economics and Statistics administration July 14, 2011 Economics and Statistics Administration Releases New Report on STEM: Good Jobs Now and For the Future http://www.iseek.org/careers/stemcareers.html.


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