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posted by Dopefish on Monday February 17 2014, @02:00PM   Printer-friendly
from the government-should-mind-their-own-business dept.
mattie_p writes "MIT students won a hackathon last November with a non-functioning demo of Tidbit. The concept is to replace web advertising revenue with a tiny amount of Bitcoin mining on the user's browser. Out of the blue, the students were hit by a subpoena from the New Jersey Attorney General demanding that the founders 'turn over sensitive information including source codes, hosting websites, and all of the Bitcoin wallet addresses associated with Tidbit.'

At first MIT council referred the students to legal assistance from the EFF, who quickly came to their defense. Now there is a petition going around requesting the MIT administration support the students directly. Parallels are being drawn to Aaron Swartz, possibly because one of the authors of the recent petition is Prof. Hal Ableson, although details of the two cases have very little in common.

MIT President Reif has now come out strongly in support of the students--and in favor of academic freedom from interference by government."
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  • (Score: 1) by unitron on Monday February 17 2014, @05:41PM

    by unitron (70) on Monday February 17 2014, @05:41PM (#885) Journal

    ...that the New Jersey AG's office is finding a way to keep themselves busy, even if they have to go to another state to find something that needs investigating.

    something something Slashcott something something Beta something something
  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday February 18 2014, @03:16AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday February 18 2014, @03:16AM (#1346)

    Because there are no scandals going on in NJ that need investigating. I guess they're just doing their part to be team players on the Dollar hegemony. Probably each AG was asked to find one Bitcoin conviction.