[Wikimedia-l] Aaron Swartz is dead

Everton Zanella Alvarenga ezalvarenga at wikimedia.org
Sun Jan 13 13:15:24 UTC 2013

Congrats for the blog post about Aaron. I asked some friends to create
a homage for him and I will translate for Portuguese.

>From another mailing list, a petition was create on Avaaz, an
organization Aaron work to also. See bellow.

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Harry Halpin <hhalpin AT ibiblio.org>
Date: 2013/1/13
Subject: [okfn-discuss] Petition to have MIT and US Govt. issue an
apologies for prosecuting Aaron Schwartz
To: Open Knowledge Foundation discussion list <okfn-discuss at lists.okfn.org>

I made a petition to demand an from MIT and the US Attorney of
Massachusetts apologies for their prosecution of Aaron Schwartz, a
prosecution that his parents say is partly to blame for his suicide.
The US Federal Government is also added since laws on the federal
level allow this kind of absurd prosecution. Feel free to sign:


>From the official statement of Swartz's family:

    "Aaron's death is not simply a personal tragedy. It is the product
of a criminal justice system rife with intimidation and prosecutorial
overreach. Decisions made by officials in the Massachusetts US
Attorney's office and at MIT contributed to his death. The US
Attorney's office pursued an exceptionally harsh array of charges,
carrying potentially over 30 years in prison, to punish an alleged
crime that had no victims. Meanwhile, unlike JSTOR, MIT refused to
stand up for Aaron and its own community's most cherished principles."

On Sun, Jan 13, 2013 at 6:20 AM, Andy Mabbett <andy at pigsonthewing.org.uk> wrote:
> Splendidly done. I'm mobile all day; could someone add a link to that, from
> the relevant section of [[WP: RIP]], please?
> On Jan 13, 2013 6:45 AM, "Tilman Bayer" <tbayer at wikimedia.org> wrote:
>> The blog post it out now:
>> https://blog.wikimedia.org/2013/01/12/remembering-aaron-swartz-1986-2013/

Everton Zanella Alvarenga (also Tom)
"A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable, but more
useful than a life spent doing nothing."

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