Hal Abelson: MIT and the Aaron Swartz Affair
Friday, Nov. 15th, 11:00am - 12:30pm
Gelman Library Room 702
Hal Abelson is a leader in the worldwide movement toward openness and democratization of cultural and intellectual resources. At the time of his suicide, Aaron Swartz was a 26-year-old computer programmer and the subject of a vigorous prosecution by the U.S. Department of Justice, for using MIT's computer network to download 80 percent of JSTOR's database.
Professor Abelson was appointed by MIT to lead an internal investigation of MIT’s choices and role in the prosecution of Aaron Swartz by the FBI. View the report here: swartz-report.mit.edu/
Join us to discuss and understand Abelson's conclusions, then examine your own views of the interaction between freedom, democracy and the internet.
For more information, please contact Robin Delaloye at email@example.com or 202-577-6255.