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MIT releasing Aaron Swartz documents related to prosection


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Updated: March 19, 2013 11:58AM

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — The president of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology has announced that the school will voluntarily make public documents related to the prosecution of late Internet freedom activist Aaron Swartz.

President L. Rafael Reif wrote in an email to the MIT community Tuesday that the documents will be released “in the spirit of fairness, balanced with responsibility.” He says the university will block out names and identifying information of employees and information about network vulnerabilities.

Lawyers for Swartz’s estate last week asked the federal court in Boston to release the documents in the case without names redacted.

Swartz killed himself in January. He was facing a prison sentence for allegedly gaining access to academic articles from an MIT computer archive.

Reif says the documents will be released in the future.

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