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Anonymous prepares second Aaron Swartz tribute campaign

Planning both virtual and real world protests
Thu Jan 17 2013, 15:37

THE HACKTIVIST Anonymous collective has published its plans for the second stage of Operation Angel, a set of events designed to raise awareness about the passing of Aaron Swartz and the need for legal reforms.

Anonymous is a loosely affiliated group with no leaders and many voices. The plans for Op Angel 2 come from an Anonymous PR site and were flagged on Twitter by the Youranonnews account.

Earlier this week a different account released documents that it said came from JSTOR and were the same ones that got Swartz in trouble.

The first Operation Angel put pressure the Westboro Baptist Church, the second has fresh targets. It will be played out in stages and will move from the online world to the real world as it does. Anonymous hopes that it will be successful and press forward changes to US computer laws.

"Operation Angel, began by Anonymous in response to the death of Aaron Swartz, successfully accomplished phase one of it's mission by preventing Westboro Baptist Church members from picketing Swartz's funeral. Anonymous is now preparing for a longer and more extensive battle within the U.S. legal system," said the statement.

"We cannot pretend that our system is just when perpetrators of violence are dealt lighter sentences than those whose alleged crimes are essentially victimless. It is our conclusion that dubious laws such as the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act serve only to provide prosecutors with the means to selectively target and unfairly punish online activists. Anonymous intends to continue Operation Angel with the goal of reforming these laws."

Anonymous maintains that the prosecution of Swartz was too severe, see the plans for Aaron's Law, and it said that it will highlight those features of the laws with which it disagrees.

During that period the group will take down or deface websites belonging to people and groups that it sees as having been involved. This might see it revisit the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and take on the US Department of Justice.

"Within the next week we will publicly endorse specific changes to the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act. While the introduction of Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren's 'Aaron's Law' is a step in the right direction, it may not go far enough," it added.

"Several online demonstrations will take place throughout the week leading up to the live protests. Multiple Anonymous groups have promised to down or deface officials website belonging to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the Department of Justice, specifically the official websites of prosecutors in Aaron Swartz case."

After these virtual activities the group will take its campaign into the real world and stage protests in Boston and Washington. This will take place on 25 January and Anonymous has asked Congresswoman Lofgren to attend and discuss Aaron's Law. µ


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