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Watch the trailer for Aaron Swartz documentary ‘The Internet’s Own Boy’

Those advocating for the reform of hacking laws have rallied around Aaron Swartz’s cause from the beginnings of his prosecution through his suicide last year while facing with the possibility of 35 years in prison. In the short time since, filmmaker Brian Knappenberger has created The Internet’s Own Boy, a documentary that traces Swartz’s early impact on the web and details his struggle with the government after being caught downloading a mass of copyrighted articles from the digital library JSTOR. The film premiered in January at Sundance, where Swartz’s father and brothers were around to speak about Aaron, his case, and his work. Its first trailer has just debuted, and the documentary itself will be released on June 27th.

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MIT intervenes in FOIA release of Aaron Swartz documents, seeks ‘pre-release review’

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Earlier this month, it was revealed that documents relating to the Secret Service’s investigation into hacker and activist Aaron Swartz would be released under a freedom of information act (FOIA) request from Wired reporter Kevin Poulson — but now Poulson has indicated that their release has been delayed thanks to a motion filed by MIT. According to Poulson’s report in Wired and corroborated by court documents, MIT today filed a motion to intervene to review the documents prior to their release to Poulson, with a request for an expedited hearing to take place on or before July 25th.

The court documents also indicate that MIT wants to delay the release of the Secret Services files by five business days so it can review them for any…

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US Attorney’s Office accused of deliberately withholding evidence in Aaron Swartz trial

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Aaron Swartz’s former lawyer in the JSTOR case, Elliot Peters, is accusing federal prosecutor Stephen Heymann of professional misconduct, alleging that he deliberately withheld an e-mail that would have helped suppress illegally-acquired evidence. In a complaint filed January 28th and published by The Huffington Post, Peters accuses the Assistant US Attorney of violating his duty of candor to the court, as well as using an “extreme” plea offer to “coerce” a deal, and requests a formal investigation by the Department of Justice into the matter.

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CH Luminaries: Oscar Niemeyer, Aaron Swartz, Helen Gurley Brown and more in our tribute to the pioneering figures that we lost in the last year

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In a nod to the tradition propagated by the Oscars, we decided to take the time to acknowledge the most influential figures in our sphere that have passed away in the last year. While this list is in no way exhaustive—from music to art and design and more, the…

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Wikileaks claims Aaron Swartz was an ally and possible source, breaking anonymity

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Aaron Swartz died a week ago. A public memorial service in New York City will be held later today. You may have read much about Swartz’s life in the interim, including his work at a young age on Reddit and the RSS specification, his political activism, and the overzealous prosecution that may have contributed to his suicide. But you probably haven’t heard the story Wikileaks just outlined on its Twitter account. According to these tweets, Aaron Swartz had at one time aided Wikileaks in some indefinite way, had been in communication with Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, and may have acted as a source for the anonymous information-gathering organization.

The @Wikileaks Twitter account is one of two online outlets designated for official…

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Anonymous keeps Westboro Baptist Church from picketing Aaron Swartz funeral

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The Westboro Baptist Church had plans to stage a protest at the funeral of revered online activist Aaron Swartz, who committed suicide last week at the age of 26, but those plans were apparently derailed by Anonymous’ threat to retaliate. As the Atlantic reports, Anonymous countered the church’s planned picketing by organizing “Operation Angel,” an online movement that called upon Swartz sympathizers to protect his funeral with a human shield. It’s unclear if #opangel was directly responsible for the church’s decision to stay away, or if the organization’s leaders simply wanted to avoid the embarrassment they suffered after promising to picket outside Sandy Hook Elementary School. Either way, Westboro’s protesters were nowhere to be…

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Swartz suicide puts the focus on over-aggressive prosecutor

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The family of Aaron Swartz pulled no punches in their comments after the 26-year-old’s suicide, blaming a “criminal justice system rife with intimidation and prosecutorial overreach.” Assistant United States Attorney Stephen Heymann is one of the individuals that’s been named in particular — and it turns out Swartz isn’t the first subject of a Heymann investigation that’s taken his own life. Buzzfeed reports that in 2008 Jonathan James also committed suicide two weeks after having his home raided as part of Heymann’s TJX hacker investigation. James was suspected of being “JJ,” an unindicted co-conspirator, but claimed to have had nothing to do with the crimes in question.

“I have no faith in the ‘justice’ system,” James wrote in his…

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90 Seconds on The Verge: Aaron Swartz, CNET, and ‘Danger Zone’

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S01E01: Where no Han has gone before (Director: Zack Snyder)

After the Millennium Falcon attempts to cross the Great Barrier at the edge of the galaxy, C-3PO and R2-D2 develop “godlike” psychic powers which threaten the safety of the crew.

S01E02: The Carbonite Maneuver (Director: Zack Snyder)

The Millennium Falcon is menaced by a gigantic ship whose Bounty Hunter commander condemns the crew to being sealed by carbonite. Han employs an unorthodox strategy to save the ship.

S01E03: Operation: Exterminate! (Director: Zack Snyder)

The Millennium Falcon arrives at Skaro — the home of Han Solo’s brother, Lan — and discovers that the entire planet has been infested with large cyborgs that have plunger-like things for weapons, because…

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