Internet Activists Plan Protest Over Aaron Swartz

The “hacktivist” group Anonymous) announced today it will hold a protest at the Justice Department on January 25 in memory of web pioneer and Reddit co-founder Aaron Swartz.

Swartz, who was found dead in his apartment last week in an apparent suicide, was facing federal hacking charges for illegally downloading academic journal articles. After his death, the Department of Justice dropped all pending charges against Swartz.

In a statement, Swartz’s family and partner called his death “the product of a criminal justice system rife with intimidation and prosecutorial overreach.”

The Anonymous call to protest expressed similar outrage:

The Department of Justice has declined to comment on Swartz’s death, “We want to respect the family’s privacy at this time,” DOJ spokesperson Christina DiIorio-Sterling told NBC News in an article posted Monday afternoon.

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Susan Armitage

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