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Aaron Swartz

Hundreds gather for memorial

19 Jan, 2013

A memorial is held at New York’s Cooper Union.  Taren Stinebrickner-Kauffman, his girlfriend, said:

I’m so sad we’ll never see all the ways he’ll change the world from here on out. Aaron believed there was no shame in failure. There is deep, deep shame in caring more about believing you’re changing the world than actually changing the world.”


Stinebrickner-Kauffman, also an activist, named five targets for action:

  • Hold the Massachusetts US Attorney’s office accountable for its actions in prosecuting Aaron;
  • Press MIT to ensure that it would “never be complicit in an event like this again”;
  • “All academic research for all time should be made free and open and available to anybody in the world”;
  • Pass and strengthen “Aaron’s Law,” an amendment to the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act that would narrow prosecutorial discretion for computer crimes;
  • Advocate for fundamental reform of the criminal justice system.