MIT officials said in a long-awaited report Tuesday that administrators engaged in no wrongdoing and did not press authorities to prosecute Internet activist Aaron Swartz, who committed suicide in January after being charged with hacking into university computers and illegally downloading millions of academic articles.
The 180-page internal report, however, raised concerns about the lack of clarity of university policies, its failures of leadership, and lack of attention to such issues as hacker ethics and open-source ideals.
“MIT didn’t do anything wrong; but we didn’t do ourselves proud,” it said.
The Massachusetts Institute of Technology said it never sought punishment or jail time or opposed a plea bargain for Swartz, whose suicide triggered a national debate over whether prosecutors were overzealous.
“I am confident that MIT’s decisions were reasonable, appropriate, and made in good faith,” MIT president L. Rafael Reif said in a letter to the MIT community announcing the release of the report.
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