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The Internet's Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz (2014)

Not Rated | | Documentary, Biography, Crime | 27 June 2014 (USA)
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The story of programming prodigy and information activist Aaron Swartz, who took his own life at the age of 26.
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Tim Berners-Lee Tim Berners-Lee ... Himself
Cindy Cohn Cindy Cohn ... Herself
Gabriella Coleman Gabriella Coleman ... Herself
Cory Doctorow Cory Doctorow ... Himself
Peter Eckersley Peter Eckersley ... Himself
Brewster Kahle Brewster Kahle ... Himself
Lawrence Lessig Lawrence Lessig ... Himself
Zoe Lofgren Zoe Lofgren ... Herself
Carl Malamud Carl Malamud ... Himself
Quinn Norton Quinn Norton ... Herself
Tim O'Reilly Tim O'Reilly ... Himself
Elliot Peters Elliot Peters ... Himself
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David Segal David Segal ... Himself
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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. Written by Anonymous

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27 June 2014 (USA) See more »

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$24,300, 29 June 2014, Limited Release

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$48,911, 20 July 2014
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First Title Cards: Unjust Laws exist; shall we be content to obey them, or shall we edeavor to amend them, and obey them until we have suceeded, or shall we transgress them at once?- Henry David Thoreau
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The tragic story of Aaron Swartz, told by those closest to him
28 June 2014 | by xWRLSee all my reviews

This warm yet chilling documentary retraces the life of Aaron Swartz, who committed suicide at age 26 after a couple of years of severe and deepening pressure from the criminal justice system, which was trying him for a number of felonies resulting from his breaking into MIT's computers.

We first see him as a young kid in home movies, then as a prodigy who while very young was brimming with new ideas for the Internet and applied genius-level programming skills to co-developing RSS and Reddit. Bored with college and with working for the business establishment, he turned to activism, promoting an open Web culture for the benefit of all users.

Swartz's activism turned into hacktivism, landing him in deep trouble with the Justice Department, which charged him with crimes that could have sent him to prison for 35 years. Touching, pointed accounts from family members and close associates describe what Aaron was like and how he responded to unyielding Justice Department efforts to use him as an example.

The interviews with law professor Lawrence Lessig and World Wide Web inventor Tim Berners-Lee are unforgettably moving. The film does a good job of calling into question Swartz's harsh treatment by the same Justice Department that shied away from prosecuting the big money interests that brought down our financial system.

Whether you sympathize with Swartz or not, the film does a solid job of showing how blind justice in the U.S. can be when it wants to be.


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