The Story of Aaron Swartz
Tuesday, May 27 7:30pm
The Internet’s Own Boy tells 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 online communities. This film is a personal story about what we lose when we are tone deaf about technology and its relationship to our civil liberties.
The Internet’s Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz was produced, written and directed by Brian Knappenberger (We Are Legion: The Story of the Hacktivists). The film premiered at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival and was the Opening Night Film at the 2014 Hot Docs International Documentary Film Festival.