Computer researcher Richard Stallman resigns from MIT after Jeffrey Epstein remarks

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Richard Stallman, President of the Free Software Foundation

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Richard Stallman, the creator of the Free Software Foundation, has actually resigned from the not-for-profit in addition to his position at MIT.


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Computer researcher and free-software supporter Richard Stallman revealed Monday that he has actually resigned his position at MIT‘s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab. Stallman’s resignation follows he recommended in an e-mail thread that a person of founded guilty pedophile Jeffrey Epstein’s minor victims might have provided herself as “entirely willing.”

“I am resigning effective immediately from my position in CSAIL at MIT,” Stallman composed Monday in an e-mail. “I am doing this due to pressure on MIT and me over a series of misunderstandings and mischaracterizations.”

Stallman likewise resigned as president and board of directors of the Free Software Foundation, the structure revealed Monday. Stallman, the developer of the GNU os, established the not-for-profit in 1985.

Epstein passed away in August of an evident suicide in prison while dealing with federal sex-trafficking charges. Federal district attorneys in New York declared Epstein sexually mistreated and made use of lots of minor women as young as 14.

Stallman’s resignation comes simply days after Motherboard released an e-mail thread in which Stallman recommends that “most plausible scenario” is that a person of Epstein’s minor victims “provided herself to [former colleague Marvin Minsky] as completely ready.”

When another person on the thread explains that Virginia Giuffre was 17 when she was required to make love with Minsky, a leader in expert system and creator of the Media Lab, Stallman argued that “it is morally absurd to define ‘rape’ in a way that depends on minor details such as which country it was in or whether the victim was 18 years old or 17.”

Minsky passed away in 2016.

Stallman’s resignation is the most recent chapter in the growing scandal over the MIT’s relationship with Epstein. The New Yorker reported previously this month that the MIT Media Lab had a much deeper financing relationship with Epstein than it had actually formerly acknowledged and worked to camouflage its contacts with the disgraced investor.

Stallman isn’t the only resignation from MIT in the wake of the scandal. Joi Ito, the Media Lab’s director, resigned his position a day after the report was released. He likewise stepped down as a teacher and staff member of MIT.

Updated 9/22 to remedy variety of victims Stallman described and include more info.

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