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The Internet's Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz (20-Jan-2014)

Director: Brian Knappenberger

Writer: Brian Knappenberger

Keywords: Documentary, Internet, Biography

Documentary examines the controversial life and career of Internet activist Aaron Swartz.

Standout programmer-cum-Internet evangelist Aaron Swartz, co-inventor of the RSS protocol and co-founder of massively popular online community Reddit with a passion for activism, found himself thrust into a nightmarish legal battle towards the end of his life beginning with his 2011 breaking-and-entering arrest after downloading articles from closed-access digital library JSTOR and ending with his 2013 suicide by hanging. The Internet's Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz examines Swartz's troubling ordeal from a sympathetic point of view, portraying legal efforts against him as a repressive smear campaign borne out of his belief in free ("as in freedom") information and an open Internet.

NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Tim Berners-Lee
Computer Programmer
8-Jun-1955   Inventor of the World Wide Web
Cory Doctorow
17-Jul-1971   Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom
Lawrence Lessig
Legal Scholar
3-Jun-1961   Constitutional and internet law
Aaron Swartz
Computer Programmer
8-Nov-1986 11-Jan-2013 Co-Inventor of RSS
Ron Wyden
3-May-1949   US Senator from Oregon


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