Aaron Swartz, vindicated

A 2009 portrait of Aaron Swartz. Image: Sage Ross https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Aaron_Swartz_2_at_Boston_Wikipedia_Meetup,_2009-08-18.jpg CC BY-SA: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/deed.en

It’s been eight years since Aaron Swartz took his own life. Aaron had been charged with 13 felonies under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA) for violating the terms of service on the JSTOR database of scholarly articles.

Prosecutors Stephen Heymann and Carmen Ortiz didn’t dispute that Aaron was allowed to access the articles he retrieved. Rather, they…



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