MIT to release redacted Aaron Swartz documents

Let’s see what the aftermath of this tragedy brings…


The Massachusetts Institute of Technology will release documents related to the case against activist Aaron Swartz but it will edit out names and other information, according to a letter from MIT president Rafael Reif to the MIT community. That will probably not be enough to satisfy Swartz’s legal team and other supporters who say MIT and overzealous prosecutors contributed to Swartz’s death.

Late last week, lawyers for Swartz, the 26-year old programmer and civic activist who killed himself in January, requested that these documents be released to the public.

Swartz’s father Robert Swartz, his partner Taren Stinebrickner-Kauffman and his lawyers maintain that Swartz was railroaded by both MIT and the U.S. Attorney’s office, which prosecuted him on criminal charges for downloading too many articles from JSTOR, a database of academic articles.

In the letter, Reif said MIT remains committed to openness but needs to protect the privacy of individuals mentioned…

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