The Internet's Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz


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The Internet's Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz is a 2014 documentary about the life of computer programmer, entrepreneur and political hacktivist Aaron Swartz.

Swartz started programming at a young age, was involved in the development of the RSS web feed, was one of the early architects of Creative Commons, and his company InfoGami merged with Reddit making him an equal owner of the resulting company. He was also a devoted political activist, militating for open data access and other progressive policies. The Demand Progress activist organization he co-founded successfully fought against the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA).

In 2011 he was arrested for illegally running a script to download a large number of scientific articles from the JSTOR digital library using an MIT guest account, articles which were normally available only for paying subscribers. He was charged with thirteen counts of computer crimes. Two days after the prosecution refused a counter-offer he made, Aaron Swartz commited suicide.

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rating 8.2 / 10
category Biography
year 2014
duration 1 hr 45 mins
added December 6, 2016

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