Last week, a celebrated Internet genius committed suicide—having written about the ravages of acute depression. Do 20-year old restrictions infringe on a human right made possible by a rapidly changing technology?
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Defense Secretary Leon Panetta says the US will provide assistance to France against rebels in the vast, African-desert country of Mali. There’s been concern about creating another conflict between Western nations and Muslim extremists, but Panetta says the role of Al-Qaeda has forced America to get involved.
At the age of 14, Aaron Swartz was considered an Internet prodigy who developed a code still used to deliver changing content to the worldwide web.
He was accused of wire fraud and unlawfully obtaining information, facing federal charges and possible decades in prison. Some supporters say his indictment could have helped cause his death.
Last week, he committed suicide at the age of 26. His suicide has cast new light on old laws regulating a changing technology.
John Schwartz, New York Times (@jswatz)
Ethan Solomon, Executive Editor at the MIT Tech newspaper (@esolomon)
Susan Crawford, Cardozo School of Law (@scrawford)
Orin Kerr, Professor of Law at the George Washington School of Law. Author of Computer Crime Law
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