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Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Swartz's Dad: Government Killed Him

Here's the first news report (others have appeared from attendees on Facebook) on Aaron Swartz's funeral today outside Chicago.   Larry Lessig and others spoke but this will draw the most notice:
Aaron Swartz was “killed by the government,” his father, Robert Swartz said at a memorial service Tuesday morning for the 26-year-old tech genius who killed himself in the face of felony charges he’d stolen millions of files from MIT.

Swartz said his son was “hounded by the government, and MIT refused him.”
“He was killed by the government, and MIT betrayed all of its basic principles,” he said.
Pure genius: Beethoven, Eroica symphony, second movement ("funeral march").

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