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1 hr. 45 min.

Plot Summary

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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Director: Brian Knappenberger

Genres: Documentary

Distributor: Participant Media, Filmbuff

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

Release Date: January 20th, 2014|1 hr. 45 min.

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  • 40
    Joe Neumaier New York Daily News

    Melancholy, often muddled documentary. show more

  • 90
    John DeFore The Hollywood Reporter

    All but a must-see for anyone who knows enough to care about the way laws govern information transfer in the digital age, Brian Knappenberger's The Internet's Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz is an inspiring account of the life of, and an infuriating chronology of the persecution of, one of the Internet's most impressive prodigies. show more

  • 100
    Richard Roeper Chicago Sun-Times

    This is a film that left me marveling at Swartz’s beautiful mind, and shaking my head at the insanity of the system he knew was badly fractured. show more

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