The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) is feeling remorse over the sudden suicide of Aaron Swartz, reported the Huffington post, on Jan. 13; updated on Jan. 14. The president of the Boston school released a statement in reaction to the weekend death of Swartz who died in his Brooklyn, N.Y. home.
President Reif acknowledged in his statement, the possible role the school may have played which triggered the 26-year-old and co-founder of the website Reddit to commit suicide.
Swartz was charged in July 2011 for hacking into JSTOR via MIT’s computer system. Over four million articles were downloaded from JSTOR, a paid service site that provides a database of scholarly journals.
Aaron was an ardent supporter of internet rights and the freedom of a person’s right to information.
The government charged the advocacy rights activist with 13 felony accounts with a possible 35 years in jail sentence.
An excerpt of the statement from the president of MIT, “I will not attempt to summarize here the complex events of the past two years. Now is a time for everyone involved to reflect on their actions, and that includes all of us at MIT. I have asked Professor Hal Abelson to lead a thorough analysis of MIT's involvement from the time that we first perceived unusual activity on our network in fall 2010 up to the present. I have asked that this analysis describe the options MIT had and the decisions MIT made, in order to understand and to learn from the actions MIT took. I will share the report with the MIT community when I receive it.”
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MIT Investigating School’s Role in Aaron Swartz Suicide, Huffington Post website