Wednesday, January 16, 2013

California Rep. Zoe Lofgren Introduces Aaron's Law

Image and quote via Huffington Post

WASHINGTON -- Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.) took to the online forum Aaron Swartz helped found on Tuesday night to propose legislation honoring the late Internet activist.

"I'm Rep. Zoe Lofgren & I'm introducing 'Aaron's Law' to change the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act," Lofgren wrote in a Reddit post. Swartz, 26, committed suicide on Friday.

Lofgren said many were "deeply troubled" as they learned more about how the Justice Department approached its case against Swartz. Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), who heads the House Oversight Committee, told HuffPost on Tuesday he had an investigator looking into the handling of the case.

"His family’s statement about this speaks volumes about the inappropriate efforts undertaken by the U.S. government," Lofgren wrote. "There’s no way to reverse the tragedy of Aaron’s death, but we can work to prevent a repeat of the abuses of power he experienced."

AlsoAaron Swartz's Father Says: "My son was killed by the Government."

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