Aaron Swartz's public memorial service planned for Saturday

The Internet activist's loved ones will hold a service in New York City this weekend to celebrate his life.

Aaron Swartz. Fred Benson/Creative Commons: Flickr

The loved ones of Internet activist Aaron Swartz are holding a memorial service Saturday in New York City "to celebrate his life and remember their beloved friend, sibling, child, and partner," according to a press release.

Swartz's suicide last week spurred criticism over the U.S. prosecutor's handling of his computer fraud case , with critics accusing the feds of unfairly trying to make an example of the 26-year-old hacker.

Swartz was accused of stealing 4 million documents from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Jstor, an archive of scientific journals and academic papers. The authorities claimed that he broke into a restricted-access computer wiring closet at MIT and accessed that network without authorization.

Swartz's friends and family will gather at Cooper Union's Great Hall from 4 to 6 p.m. ET for a public service, with multiple speakers from the world of politics and tech, and a musical performance by OK Go's Damian Kulash. Cooper Union is located in The Foundation Building, 7 E. Seventh Street, between Third and Fourth avenues in Manhattan.

Speakers include Taren Stinebrickner-Kauffman, David Segal, Ben Wikler, Roy Singham, Doc Searls, Edward Tufte, Holden Karnofsky, Tom Chiarella, and David Isenberg.

To RSVP for the free event, click here. Organizers said they will live-stream the event at www.rememberaaronsw.com. A video of the service will also be posted on the site after it ends.

 

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