I have been absent for almost a year. Looking back at this period and stats I can not believe my blog was still receiving so many visitors and comments, even though I wasn’t writing a word. Thank you all for this!
I tried to find more positive topic for my comeback, but I couldn’t avoid a very sad story of Aaron Swartz’s death. This story touched me not only as a human being, but made me think whether what he (and many other tech geeks still do) did was a crime and felony and whether the law often fails. It’s one thing, as the New Yorker writes, “to stretch the law to stop a criminal syndicate or terrorist organization. It’s quite another when prosecuting a reckless young man. The prosecutors forgot that, as public officials, their job isn’t to try and win at all costs but to use the awesome power of criminal law to protect the public from actual harm. Ortiz has not commented on the case. But, had she been in charge when Jobs and Wozniak were breaking the laws, we might never have had Apple computers. It was at this moment that our legal system and our society utterly failed.”
Lets think about it…


At the funeral of Aaron Swartz, the 26-year-old Internet freedom crusader, Swartz’s father had a blunt message. Aaron — who committed suicide last week while being prosecuted for hacking — “was killed by the government,” he declared. The elder Swartz fanned the flames of a growing debate: Did federal prosecutors go too far in pursuing Swartz on serious felony charges, and are they in part responsible for his death?

(MORE:Aaron Swartz, Tech Prodigy and Internet Activist, Is Dead at 26)

Swartz, a computer prodigy, helped create Reddit but was perhaps best known as a freedom-of-information activist. In addition to campaigning against overly punitive copyright laws, he allegedly linked his laptop to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s computer system to download millions of articles from JSTOR, a paid-subscription database of academic articles. (MIT was a subscriber to JSTOR, but Swartz was not an authorized user.) Federal prosecutors…

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