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The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (or MIT) is a Technological institute in the United States, most notable for alumni Richard Stallman, where he created The GNU Project and The Free Software Foundation and Aaron Schwartz. MIT has declined in recent years, especially when they replaced their SICP course for a Python-Oriented Course. Terry Davis is famous for showing the stupidity of the modern MIT Programmer.


Previously, MIT was highly recommended and praised as a good tech university for persons entering an IT Job. However, people have stopped recommending MIT due to the 2013 Controversy with Aaron Swartz. In 2012, Aaron (a student) was found downloading large amounts of academic documents from a proprietary service leased to MIT. Aaron, a student, would be allowed to both view and download files from the service's database. Aaron downloaded over 50,000 files an hour, creating over 6 Teribytes of storage data. Nothing of what he did was considered unlawful. However, he was arrested by the MIT Campus Police after being illegally surveyed, and was incarcerated. After a large number of false charges, nonsense crimes, etc. Aaron committed suicide. MIT has come under much controversy for this, as they made no effort to stop the lawsuit.

An internal review led by Harold Alberson, of SICP fame, reported that MIT had not supported charges against Swartz and cleared the institution of wrongdoing. However, its report also noted that despite MIT's advocacy for open access culture at the institutional level and beyond, the university never extended that support to Swartz. The report revealed, for example, that while MIT considered the possibility of issuing a public statement about its position on the case, such a statement never materialized. The full 187 page report by Prof. Alberson's panel can be viewed here, via the MIT Website.

External Links

The Internet's Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz