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MIT.edu, DOJ.gov, W3.gov All Currently Down Following Investigation Into Swartz Tragedy

Story just broke on TechCrunch.com. I tried to go to all of the sites and have confirmed these are all down. This is a major attack on some pretty serious government sites. I find this unbelievable. Here is a excerpt from the Tech Crunch story:

Following calls for an investigation into the prosecution and recent suicide of internet activist, Aaron Swartz, MIT’s website is currently down. MIT’s President L. Rafael Reif today called for an investigation into the handling of the case brought against Swartz for his release of pay-walled academic papers from popular database, JSTOR.

As of this writing, DOJ.gov, which redirects to the Justice.gov, the Department of Justice Website, was also down, as was the redirect for the World Wide Web Consortium, w3.gov.

Please check out the full story here:

http://techcrunch.com/2013/01/13/mit-edu-doj-gov-w3-gov-all-currently-down-following-investigation-into-swartz-tragedy/

4 Responses to MIT.edu, DOJ.gov, W3.gov All Currently Down Following Investigation Into Swartz Tragedy

  1. adrian keys says:

    Not following…if MIT is calling for an investigation, why would their site be down?

  2. SL says:

    Pretty simple actually, MIT dragged their feet after JSTOR dropped their opposition. Otherwise the case would have died off as it should. Instead, that gave ammunition to Carmen Ortiz to go full steam ahead against Swarz. This was solely to bolster her pursuit of higher office; no sane person could think releasing taxpayer-funded academic research documents deserves 50 years in jail. MIT dropped the ball hard on this one. Plenty of articles out there detailing the political connections.

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