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  • Aaron Swartz supporters label MIT report a 'whitewash'

    Supporters of Aaron Swartz have slammed a lengthy report issued yesterday by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) about its legal stance of remaining "neutral" in the federal government's computer crimes case against the young man, who killed himself in January.

    Written by Ellen Messmer31 July 13 22:36
  • Aaron's Law would revamp computer fraud penalties

    Two U.S. lawmakers have introduced a bill that would prevent the Department of Justice from prosecuting people for violating terms of service for Web-based products, website notices or employment agreements under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA).

    Written by Grant Gross20 June 13 20:13
  • Court orders names to be withheld before release of Aaron Swartz records

    A U.S. federal court has modified a protective order to allow disclosure of the court records of Internet activist Aaron Swartz, but ruled that names and other personal identifying information of those involved in his arrest and prosecution should be redacted.

    Written by John Ribeiro14 May 13 06:30
  • Activists decry computer crime proposal

    A proposal in the U.S. Congress to strengthen the penalties in the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act is a "giant leap in the wrong direction" for digital rights activists calling for changes in the law after the suicide of hacktivist Aaron Swartz earlier this year.

    Written by Grant Gross26 March 13 19:59
  • Anonymous hits US government site, threatens release of secrets

    Hackers working under the name of the Anonymous hacktivist collective hit a US government website on Saturday, replacing its home page with a 1340 word text detailing its frustrations with the way the American legal system works and a threat to release "secrets" gathered from US government websites.

    Written by Martyn Williams26 Jan. 13 23:04