Protesters dawn anonymous masks at the Occupy Wall Street protests in New York, New York. (Photo by David Shankbone)

Hacktivism: Civil Disobedience Or Cyber Crime?

When Reddit co-founder and internet freedom activist Aaron Swartz committed suicide last Friday, he was facing up to 13 felony counts, 50 years in prison, and millions of dollars in fines. His alleged crime? Pulling millions of academic articles from the digital archive JSTOR. Prosecutors allege that Swartz downloaded the articles because he intended to distribute them for […]