A call for reflection

A letter from MIT's president is getting a lot of attention this morning, as it should.

L. Rafael Reif's expression of sorrow was coupled with an announcement that the university would examine itself:

"I will not attempt to summarize here the complex events of the past two years. Now is a time for everyone involved to reflect on their actions, and that includes all of us at MIT. I have asked Professor Hal Abelson to lead a thorough analysis of MIT's involvement from the time that we first perceived unusual activity on our network in fall 2010 up to the present. I have asked that this analysis describe the options MIT had and the decisions MIT made, in order to understand and to learn from the actions MIT took. I will share the report with the MIT community when I receive it."

Here's the whole letter:


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