The Case of Aaron Swartz: Justice in the Cyber Age

On February 20, 2013, the Center on National Security hosted a panel discussion on the Aaron Swartz case featuring Scott Horton, Christopher Soghoian, Trevor Timm, Wesley Yang and Molly Land. The panel explored the various implications of the Swartz tragedy. Was the prosecution ethical and proper, or overreaching? Does the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act warrant reconsideration?  How can the law catch up with technology and innovation? 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?

Scott Horton is a New York attorney known for his work in human rights and humanitarian law.  In April 2007, he joined Harper's Magazine as a legal affairs consultant and national security contributor, and he currently authors the No Comment blog at Harper's Online.  He is an adjunct professor at Columbia Law School.

Christopher Soghoian is the Principal Technologist and a Senior Policy Analyst with the Speech, Privacy and Technology Project at the ACLU. He is also a Visiting Fellow at Yale Law School's Information Society Project and a Fellow at the Center for Applied Cybersecurity Research at Indiana University.

Trevor Timm is an activist at the Electronic Frontier Foundation.  He specializes in privacy, free speech, and transparency issues. He is also the executive director of the Freedom of the Press Foundation, which supports and funds journalism organizations dedicated to transparency and accountability in government.

Wesley Yang is a contributing editor at New York Magazine.  He authored "The Life and Afterlife of Aaron Swartz," a thought-provoking article about Aaron Swartz's life and legacy.

Molly Land is an Associate Professor of Law at New York Law School, where she focuses on access to knowledge and the intersection of intellectual property, information law, and human rights.  She is affiliated with the Institute for Information Law and Policy, the Center for International Law, and the Justice Action Center.