Aaron Swartz Honored With Proposed Reform To Controversial Anti-Hacking Law
Aaron’s Law' would eliminate any ambiguity and make those courts’ decisions the law of the land. Only people who break into computers by circumventing technical restrictions should be prosecuted as computer criminals.
Two members of Congress introduced new legislation Thursday in honor of Aaron Swartz, the 26-year-old Internet activist who faced charges for downloading millions of articles from a Massachusetts Institute of Technology computer archive before committing suicide in January.
"Aaron's Law," introduced by Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.) and Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), would amend the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, a 1980s-era statute that makes it a federal crime to access a computer without authorization.