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Center for National Security to Examine Swartz Case

Contact: Patrick Verel
(212) 636-6538

Fordham Law's Center for National Security will bring together a panel of experts to discuss the implications of the tragedy surrounding Aaron Swartz.

Swartz, a computer programmer, writer, political organizer, and Internet activist, committed suicide on Jan. 11 while under investigation for wire fraud and violations of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act.

The panel will feature Scott Horton, Christopher Soghoian, Trevor Timm and Wesley Yang, and will address questions such as: 
-How can the law catch up with technology and innovation? 
-Was the prosecution ethical and proper, or overreaching? 
-Does the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act warrant reconsideration? 
-Where does the issue of freedom of information fit into this - and other - cases? 
-Should there be limits to freedom of information and how should we as a society assess those limits?

"The Case of Aaron Swartz: Justice In The Cyber Age"
Wednesday, Feb. 20
7 p.m.
12th Floor Lounge/Corrigan Center, Lowenstein Center | Lincoln Center Campus

The event is sponsored by the Center On National Security at Fordham Law. To RSVP, email, or visit

Founded in 1841, Fordham is the Jesuit University of New York, offering exceptional education distinguished by the Jesuit tradition to more than 15,100 students in its four undergraduate colleges and its six graduate and professional schools. It has residential campuses in the Bronx and Manhattan, a campus in West Harrison, N.Y., the Louis Calder Center Biological Field Station in Armonk, N.Y., and the London Centre at Heythrop College in the United Kingdom.

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