US justice system ‘overreach’ blamed in suicide of Internet-freedom activist

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    Jan 16, 2013 1:25 AM GMT
    Sad story.

    The 26yo inventor of RSS feeds and founder of Reddit killed himself, as he faced 35 years in prison and 1 million $ fine for downloading 4 million articles from a non-profit archive.

    This guys was not just a genius, he was also an activist fro the freedom of internet and, most important, a very nice person.


    http://blogs.nature.com/news/2013/01/us-justice-system-overreach-blamed-in-suicide-of-internet-freedom-activist.html
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    Jan 16, 2013 2:17 AM GMT
    I read about this too. It's very sad.

    Most people wouldn't have gone as far in their activism to risk something like this. It would have to be something you would consider long before an arrest happened.

    Similar to when a lone internet pirate is prosecuted, it feels like one person is made an example of to scare everyone else. Instead, he made an example of how fucked up internet laws are that a person like this can be treated like a villain.
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    Jan 16, 2013 2:19 AM GMT
    The journal whose articles he downloaded asked that the prosecution be stop. But MIT persisted which gave the Govt the excuse it needed. Now MIT is regretting it.
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    Jan 16, 2013 2:35 AM GMT
    I think 20 years from now, we will speak about the good old time when internet was free and anonymous, before the big business lobby took over.
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    Jan 16, 2013 2:41 AM GMT
    His death will be the beginning of the death of the internet.

    I've already cut back on internet usage, except for watching movies on youtube (and pay for them).
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    Jan 16, 2013 2:46 AM GMT
    There's a petition to the White House demanding that the US prosecutor in this case be fired. I've signed it. It's already gone over the 25,000 threshold that White House rules require before they must publicly respond to it.

    http://www.nbcnews.com/technology/technolog/petition-remove-swartz-prosecutor-gets-total-needed-review-1B7982786

    https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/remove-united-states-district-attorney-carmen-ortiz-office-overreach-case-aaron-swartz/RQNrG1Ck?utm_source=wh.gov&utm_medium=shorturl&utm_campaign=shorturl
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    Jan 16, 2013 2:47 AM GMT
    This is a very tragic turn of events, and a wake up call for the entire legal system.

    Quite frankly, there is no punishment that fits the prosecutors of this case.
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    Jan 16, 2013 3:13 AM GMT
    minox saidI think 20 years from now, we will speak about the good old time when internet was free and anonymous, before the big business lobby took over.
    Yep.

    The internet is already fucked up. It's "almost" changed my entire view of capitalism, and I'm teetering on the idea of doing away with it altogether.

    Except for RJ, youtube, and work emails, I hardly ever use it anymore...not even for porn (too many viruses).
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    Jan 16, 2013 3:57 AM GMT
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    minox saidI think 20 years from now, we will speak about the good old time when internet was free and anonymous, before the big business lobby took over.
    Yep.

    The internet is already fucked up. It's "almost" changed my entire view of capitalism, and I'm teetering on the idea of doing away with it altogether.

    Except for RJ, youtube, and work emails, I hardly ever use it anymore...not even for porn (too many viruses).


    Wait until your social security number becomes parts of your IP adress ;-)
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    Jan 16, 2013 4:00 AM GMT
    minox said
    paulflexes said
    minox saidI think 20 years from now, we will speak about the good old time when internet was free and anonymous, before the big business lobby took over.
    Yep.

    The internet is already fucked up. It's "almost" changed my entire view of capitalism, and I'm teetering on the idea of doing away with it altogether.

    Except for RJ, youtube, and work emails, I hardly ever use it anymore...not even for porn (too many viruses).


    Wait until your social security number becomes parts of your IP adress ;-)
    Wait until you learn IP protocol. Then you'll realize how stupid that statement was. icon_lol.gif
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    Jan 16, 2013 4:05 AM GMT
    I'm no expert in IP protocol, but I think IPV6 would make individual identification possible
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    Jan 16, 2013 4:06 AM GMT
    minox saidI'm no expert in IP protocol, but I think IPV6 would make individual identification possible
    And the day they implement that is the day the internet dies.
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    Jan 16, 2013 6:37 AM GMT
    Chainers saidThis is a very tragic turn of events, and a wake up call for the entire legal system.

    Quite frankly, there is no punishment that fits the prosecutors of this case.


    Things like this happen every day across the country, but we don't here about them. I work as a Re-Entry Case Manager and know the CJ system pretty well. It's just how the system works. I think at the end of the day we have to agree and recignize that a crime/crimes were committed and even though he was face UP TO said time... doubt he would have got it. When it comes to White Collar crimes such as his, last thing anyone wants to do is make someone of upstanding nature be trashed. Its just the nature of the CJ system. He got scared and I feel for the dude and his family but really it's more a wake up call for Americans to know more than the basics we THINK we know about our CJ system. Too often people wait till they are in it then think having a lawyer means they are safe... ha yeah right. Gotta be your own advocate.
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    Jan 16, 2013 1:32 PM GMT
    Aaron Swartz was 'killed by the government,' father tells mourners
    http://touch.latimes.com/#section/-1/article/p2p-74035404/



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    Jan 16, 2013 1:34 PM GMT
    Shame on the people that prosecuted this guy. He will be sadly missed.
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    Jan 16, 2013 9:34 PM GMT
    http://www.wbur.org/2013/01/16/gertner-criticizes-ortiz-swartz

    “A prominent retired federal judge is adding to the chorus of criticism of U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz following the suicide of Aaron Swartz last Friday. . . . For 17 years, Nancy Gertner sat as a federal judge here in Boston. She says she was troubled by much of what she learned and saw from the bench before leaving in 2011. And she says Ortiz should not have prosecuted Swartz.”