MIT’s role in arresting Aaron Schwartz

Just read this article in the New York Times – it raises all kinds of questions about access to information and institutional interests in maintaining control of their networks and subscription library databases. Should this kind of hacking be considered criminal and prosecuted as such? Does the content matter (in this case academic articles catalogued by JSTOR)? Why throw the book at Schwartz over content that surely had more intellectual than monetary value — and is this an indication that we are moving away from the early hacker ideology stating that “information wants to be free”?

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