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The Internet’s Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz

The film follows the story of programming prodigy and information activist Aaron Swartz. From Swartz’s help in the development of the basic internet protocol RSS to his co-founding of Reddit, his fingerprints are all over the internet.

But it was Swartz’s groundbreaking work in social justice and political organizing combined with his aggressive approach to information access that ensnared him in a two-year legal nightmare. It was a battle that ended with the taking of his own life at the age of 26. Aaron’s story touched a nerve with people far beyond the online communities in which he was a celebrity. This film is a personal story about what we lose when we are tone deaf about technology and its relationship to our civil liberties.

Film by Brian Knappenberger – Luminant Media


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  • Rick

    How did I not know any of this? Thank you for this documentary. Thank you Aaron!

  • JC

    A real eye opener. Thx Aaron

  • Gary

    Thank you Aaron. Your drive will be missed, but not forgotten!

  • Christopher Rafuse

    astonishing. young aaron inspires.

  • silvestris

    I hope someone congratulated that prosecutor for a job well done, with success beyond what they could have hoped for. They were out to destroy him, and they certainly did. Young, idealistic genius must be eliminated if it threatens the powers that be.

    While I don’t agree with Mr. Swartz’s progressive politics, he certainly didn’t deserve any of this. Ironic that he was eliminated by the most progressive administration we’ve had in decades. Politicians talk a big game, but once they’re in office, they’re reduced to a figurehead and mouthpiece for the establishment.

Duration: 01:45:00
Language: EN
CC available: AR, BG, CA, ZH, CS, DA, EN, FR, EL, HI, IT, JA, PT, RU, ES, TR, VI
Resolution max: 720p
Video Source: YouTube
Provided by: The Documentary Network
Published on: 2014-06-29
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