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MIT President Calls for Analysis of Aaron Swartz's JSTOR Incident

Mon, 01/14/2013 - 10:05am

by Nathan Mattise

Courtesy of Daniel Sieradski Aaron Swartz makes the case against the Stop Online Piracy Act on January 18, 2012. Courtesy of Daniel Sieradski

Less than 48 hours after Aaron Swartz's tragic suicide, the institution involved in his high-profile JSTOR incident (that eventually lead to federal charges) has issued a statement.

MIT President Rafael Reif emailed the members of the university community this morning to address the situation, despite Swartz never having a formal affiliation with the school. Reif emphasized he was compelled to comment not only because of MIT's role in the JSTOR incident, but also because Swartz was beloved by many within the MIT community. The president's tone was clear throughout: "It pains me to think that MIT played any role in a series of events that have ended in tragedy."

In light of such an acknowledgement, Reif appointed professor Hal Abelson to lead a thorough analysis of the school's involvement, "from the time that we first perceived unusual activity on our network in fall 2010 up to the present." Reif asked Abelson to outline options MIT had plus the decisions the institution made, and he promised to share the report with the MIT community once it's received.

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Source: Ars Technica
 

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