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Aaron Swartz’s public memorial service planned for Saturday

The loved ones of Internet activist Aaron Swartz are holding a memorial service Saturday in New York City “to celebrate his life and remember their beloved friend, sibling, child, and partner,” according to a press release.

Aaron Swartz

Swartz’s suicide last week spurred criticism over the U.S. prosecutor’s handling of his computer fraud case, with critics accusing the feds of unfairly trying to make an example of the 26-year-old hacker.

Swartz was accused of stealing 4 million documents from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Jstor, an archive of scientific journals and academic papers. The authorities claimed that he broke into a restricted-access computer wiring closet at MIT and accessed that network without authorization.

Swartz’s friends and family will gather at Cooper Union’s Great Hall from 4 to 6 p.m. ET for a public service, with multiple speakers from the world of politics and tech, and a musical performance by OK Go’s Damian Kulash. Cooper Union is located in The Foundation Building, 7 E. Seventh Street, between Third and Fourth avenues in Manhattan.


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