Aaron Swartz failed attempts for open education
MIT accepted hacking for years, somehow that mentality was killed. Photo of hacker grafitti at MIT.
The JSTOR hack was not Swartz’s first experiment in liberating costly public documents. In 2008, the federal court system briefly allowed free access to its court records system, Pacer, which normally charged the public eight cents per page. Theoretically, the free access was only available from computers at 17 libraries across the country; Swartz used one of the library passwords to cycle sequentially through case numbers, requesting a new document from Pacer every three seconds, and uploading it to the cloud. Swartz pulled nearly 20 million pages of public court documents, which are now available for free on the Internet Archive [Wired]
So hacking is arrested when aiming for open education and justice, the tax man paid for.