Two weeks ago, Rep. Lofgren took to Reddit to announce her plans to revise the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act so that people like Aaron Swartz, the computer programmer and freedom-of-information activist who committed suicide in January, are not punishable by decades in prison.
Jennifer Granick, the center's director of civil liberties, said Tuesday that CIS wants to lead the push to amend the federal anti-hacking law, called the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA).
The suicide of Aaron Swartz may prompt changes to a federal anti-hacking statute that many view as overly broad, heavy-handed and outdated.
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