The Internet's Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz
  • Year2014
  • Duration105 min

What’s most inspiring about Aaron Swartz was not that he could read by the age of three, or was one of the Internet’s most gifted pioneers as a young teenager, helping to steer the Creative Commons philosophy, RSS technology and countless other endeavors. No, what's most inspiring about Swartz was when so many internet entrepreneurs were trying to get rich quick, he was absolutely determined to use his intellect to make the world a better place, by increasing access to knowledge. As Swartz’s immediate family, and friends Cory Doctorow, Tim Berners-Lee and other e-legends testify in Brian Knappenburger’s gripping documentary, Swartz was a connector whose prescient vision was at fatal odds with a U.S. legal system still operating in the dinosaur age. A year on from Swartz’s suicide, the world is still coming to terms with the devastating loss of a digital giant.

Carol Nahra

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  • Director(s): Brian Knappenberger
  • Producer(s): Brian Knappenberger
  • Country: United States
  • Language: English
  • Format: DCP
  • Premiere status: None
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