Anonymous, hacked two subdomains of MIT’s site and left it defaced, with a tribute and justice for the Internet activist, Aaron Swartz. They also mocked at the certain US laws and call for to reform these laws that led to the Aarons suicide.
The hackers ask the government to “reform” computer crime and copyright and intellectual property laws.
- We call for this tragedy to be a basis for reform of computer crime laws, and the overzealous prosecutors who use them.
- We call for this tragedy to be a basis for reform of copyright and intellectual property law, returning it to the proper principles of common good to the many, rather than private gain to the few.
- We call for this tragedy to be a basis for greater recognition of the oppression and injustices heaped daily by certain persons and institutions of authority upon anyone who dares to stand up and be counted for their beliefs, and for greater solidarity and mutual aid in response.
- We call for this tragedy to be a basis for a renewed and unwavering commitment to a free and unfettered internet, spared from censorship with equality of access and franchise for all.
They concluded their statement by apologizing to MIT administrators for temporarily taking over the website.
MIT has ordered an internal investigation into the case of Swartz. Furthermore, JSTOR – the digital library that accused him of illegally downloading content – has released its own statement regarding Swartz’s death.
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