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

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By on June 28, 2014

Category: Documentary
All Genres: Documentary, Biography, Crime, News
Release Year: 2014
Country: USA
Runtime: 105
Rating: 7.1 (176)
Languages: English
Director: Brian Knappenberger
Sound: Dolby Digital

  • Information is power

  • Writing by: Brian Knappenberger – (writer)

    Produced by: Charles Annenberg Weingarten – executive producer
    Zach Braff – executive producer
    Suzanne Danziger – associate producer
    Mason Fink – executive producer
    Aaron Greenspan – executive producer
    Jeffrey Kanjanapangka – associate producer
    Greg Kidd – executive producer
    Brian Knappenberger – executive producer / producer

    Cast: Tim Berners-Lee – Himself
    Cory Doctorow – Himself
    Peter Eckersley – Himself
    Lawrence Lessig – Himself
    David Segal – Himself
    David Sirota – Himself
    Taren Stinebrickner-Kauffman – Herself
    Matt Stoller – Himself
    Aaron Swartz – Himself

    (archive footage)
    Trevor Timm – Himself
    Ben Wikler – Himself

    Music: John Dragonetti
    Official Website: Visit Website


    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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