Call to action kicks off second Aaron Swartz hackathon
Kahle wasn't the only speaker to encourage action. Cindy Cohn, the director of the EFF, took Google to task for not being a more vocal advocate for Aaron's Law, the proposed Computer Fraud and Abuse Act reforms. The CFAA was used by the office of Carmen Ortiz, the US attorney for Massachusetts, as the basis to prosecute Swartz.
Bad is Oracle for actively lobbying to strengthen the CFAA," Cohn said. "Worse is Google for not standing up. They won't help us fix the law that killed one of our own. But," she added, "it's not just Google."
Few of the major tech companies, she said, have lent time, money, or resources to reform the CFAA. She said that the EFF has hired its first lobbyist to pursue CFAA reform, something that the online rights group has never done before.