MIT to probe its role in Aaron Swartz's suicide

Protests continue online with the MIT website inaccessible

By , IDG News Service |  Internet

Decisions made by officials in the Massachusetts U.S. Attorney's office and at MIT contributed to his death, his family and partner said in a statement. 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, the family said. Unlike JSTOR, MIT refused to stand up for Aaron and its own community's most cherished principles, according to the statement.

Aaron returned the data he had in his possession and JSTOR settled any civil claims it might have had against him in June 2011, the not-for-profit service said in a statement on its website.

John Ribeiro covers outsourcing and general technology breaking news from India for The IDG News Service. Follow John on Twitter at @Johnribeiro. John's e-mail address is john_ribeiro@idg.com

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