:Rolling eyes: I know that I’m in the minority on this one, but why was this report even necessary?
A long-awaited report released Tuesday by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology found that the university made mistakes but engaged in no wrongdoing in the case of Aaron Swartz, a renowned programmer and charismatic technology activist who committed suicide in January while facing a federal trial on charges of hacking into the M.I.T. computer network.
M.I.T. did not urge federal law enforcement officials to prosecute Mr. Swartz, the report found, and remained neutral in the case. But the university “missed an opportunity to demonstrate the leadership that we pride ourselves on,” based on its reputation as an institution known “for promoting open access to online information, and for dealing wisely with the risks of computer abuse.”
Apparently it’s not going to help: some people are still going to be ticked off because MIT didn’t do more to protect the guy who broke into their servers and tried to steal their stuff. Which MIT must have known, very well… so I have to say that it’s mildly pointless for the college to try to explain any of this. Better to let it go; most of the really outraged sorts have either moved on already, or will as soon as the next digital socialist cause of the day shows up…
PS: As I’ve said before: I was sorry to hear that Aaron Swartz killed himself, but he made poor life choices. That’s not MIT’s fault; neither is it their fault if the federal government was not inclined to cut Swartz any slack, this time. Big, intrusive regulatory state: kind of sucks, huh?