DC memorial to honor Swartz and call for reforming hacking law

A notice about the memorial says it will honor Swartz's life and accomplishments, but it will also discuss reforming the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA) in the wake of his death. In recent weeks, lawmakers have criticized the computer hacking law, which was used to indict Swartz, and argued that its vague language allows for draconian punishments.

Swartz's family and friends, including his father Robert Swartz and partner Taren Stinebrickner-Kauffman, and members of Congress will attend the memorial. Lawrence Lessig, a professor at Harvard Law School who briefly represented Swartz, and Demand Progress Executive Director David Segal will also be present.

Sens. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) is expected to attend, as well as Reps. Jared Polis (D-Colo.), Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.) and other House members. The memorial will be held in the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center and is organized by Swartz's friends, with support from his family. 

Lofgren, who introduced a draft bill that would amend CFAA, and Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) have called for Congress to pass legislation this year to modernize the anti-hacking law. Meanwhile, the leaders of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee have asked Justice Department officials to brief them by Feb. 4 about the prosecution of Swartz.