Aaron Swartz indicted on charges of "wire fraud, computer fraud" etc.

Jason Kottke, kottke.org, Jul 19, 2011
Commentary by Stephen Downes

Interesting. Young computer whiz (I can't call him 'teen computer whiz' any more, he's 24, but I remember his work from ten years ago) Aaron Swartz has been indicted on computer hacking charges after he downloaded about a quarter of the JSTOR library. What he was attempting to do is not difficult to guess; in 2009 he used a free trial of the government’s Public Access to Court Electronic Records (PACER) system to download 19,856,160 pages of documents in a campaign to place the information free online. The case is odd because the alleged 'victims' declined to mpress charges and said no damage had been caused. Still, Swartz now faces some serious jail time. More form the Register, Wired News, Forbes.
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