“In this carefully elucidated portrait, Brian Knappenberger captures the short life of Aaron Swartz, the boy-genius founder of Reddit, equipped with a set of revolutionary ideals, who tragically took his own life in the face of trumped-up felony hacking charges (but not before leading the grassroots effort that struck down the SOPA/PIPA bills). While Swartz is nearly canonized in some circles, his life, work, and beliefs aren’t nearly well-known enough in the mainstream, and The Internet’s Own Boy serves to not only introduce him to a new audience, but to chronicle the dramatic events of his sadly cut-short life, in which he anticipated the current debate over net neutrality, copyright law, government surveillance, and freedom of information, and fought dearly to defend these rights and freedoms. An eye-opening, educational, but ultimately riveting, and heartbreaking film, The Internet’s Own Boy is the kind of homework we should all be doing.” —The Best Documentaries Of 2014 So Far
“The Creative Commons-licensed version of The Internet’s Own Boy, Brian Knappenberger’s documentary about Aaron Swartz, is now available on the Internet Archive, which is especially useful for people outside of the US, who aren’t able to pay to see it online. It’s a remarkable movie and I hope you make some time to watch it. The Internet Archive makes the movie available to download or stream, in MPEG 4 and Ogg. There’s also a torrentable version.” —Internet’s Own Boy, free CC-licensed download on Internet Archive
We all owe you. Rest in peace, buddy.
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