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The Massachusetts Institute of Technology released an 180-page report Tuesday detailing what an internal investigation to the university’s role was in the suicide death of Aaron Swartz.
Swartz took his life after becoming the subject of a criminal investigation into his use of MIT documentation. The Highland Park native, a co-founder of Reddit and digital activist, hanged himself in January in the face of charges that he stole millions of online journal articles with plans to distribute the information for free online.
Swartz, a popular figure in the digital world became a celebrity in death and the circumstances behind his life’s tragic end enflamed strong emotions on social media. The release of the report by MIT, which largely absolves the university of wrongdoing, was branded a “whitewashing” by Swartz’ girlfriend. His father, Robert Swartz, who said at the time that “the government killed” his son, remained critical in the wake of the report.
Those who took to Twitter to discuss the findings were also largely critical: