WATCH: ‘The Internet’s Own Boy’ — the Aaron Swartz Documentary

The Internet's Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz (CC available)The film follows 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. Film by Brian Knappenberger – Luminant Media Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License Help creating subtitles for this film:

In keeping with Aaron Swartz’s vision of making valuable information public, the new and critically acclaimed documentary, The Internet’s Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz, has been uploaded to the Internet in full for free, and you can watch it above.

The film follows the inspirational life of Swartz from childhood through the rise of his Internet celebrity and activism, his trial, and his suicide. Watch it and share it with friends, Swartz’s life and work will only become more important and relevant as time goes on.