The loved ones of Internet activist Aaron Swartz are holding a memorial service Saturday in New York City “to celebrate his life and remember their beloved friend, sibling, child, and partner,” according to a press release.
Swartz’s suicide last week spurred criticism over the U.S. prosecutor’s handling of his computer fraud case, with critics accusing the feds of unfairly trying to make an example of the 26-year-old hacker.
Swartz was accused of stealing 4 million documents from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Jstor, an archive of scientific journals and academic papers. The authorities claimed that he broke into a restricted-access computer wiring closet at MIT and accessed that network without authorization.
Swartz’s friends and family will gather at Cooper Union’s Great Hall from 4 to 6 p.m. ET for a public service, with multiple speakers from the world of politics and tech, and a musical performance by OK Go’s Damian Kulash. Cooper Union is located in The Foundation Building, 7 E. Seventh Street, between Third and Fourth avenues in Manhattan.
‘It is disingenuous to accuse everyone who calls for restructuring as trying to break up the county. History tells us that that kind of cheap blackmail will not work as long as the underlying reasons for the agitations persist.’
‘The biggest challenge seems to be that we seem to be allowing moderate voices on this issue to be drowned out by the reckless utterances of a few rabble rousers on all sides who may be tools in the hands of those who do not wish this country well. These are some of the people who arrogate to themselves the toga of spokespersons of our diverse groups.’
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