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


General Info
Release Year: 2014
Runtime: 105 Minutes
Country: United States (US)

Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Film 2014
Sundance Film Festival 2014
South by Southwest Film Festival 2014
Independent Film Festival of Boston 2014
Montclair Film Festival 2014
Seattle International Film Festival 2014
Nantucket Film Festival 2014
SILVERDOCS: AFI/Discovery Channel Documentary Festival 2014 .film-info Crew

Producer(s): Brian Knappenberger


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.
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