The Internet's Own Boy

The Internet's Own Boy

The Story of Aaron Swartz

DVD - 2015
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Aaron Swartz was a programming prodigy who helped shape the digital landscape of today. He helped develop the internet protocol RSS and was a co-founder of Reddit. Chronicling his pioneering efforts crusading for open access and free speech and the resulting legal nightmare and tragedy that ensued, the documentary is a dynamic and moving portrait of a brilliant tech millionaire who renounced the values of Silicon Valley startup culture and used technology to tirelessly fight for social justice.
Publisher: New York, NY : Kino Lorber, Inc., [2015]
Copyright Date: ©2015
Branch Call Number: DVD 005.1092 INTERNET
Characteristics: video file,DVD video,region 1
NTSC
digital,optical,surround,Dolby
4 3/4 in
1 videodisc (105 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in

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Nursebob
Mar 04, 2017

Brian Knappenberger’s incisive documentary combines newsreel footage and Swartz’s own home movies with interviewees that range from family members and ex-girlfriends to movers and shakers in the online community itself. What emerges is a portrait of a brilliant young man whose occasional streak of arrogance was more than balanced by a keen desire to protect his beloved internet from those who would monopolize and control it. What also emerges is a troubling picture of America’s skewed justice system which took a well-meaning young man trying to make a valid albeit forceful point and vilified him beyond all recognition even as it studiously ignored the Wall Street bigwigs who precipitated the financial crisis of 2008. A compelling piece of documentary filmmaking that eschews the soapbox in favour of intelligent, passionate discourse.

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robertgiles
Nov 09, 2016

a testament on how Democrats use public money to make their money while charging money for access to the law and justice when everything has already been paid for with public monies...the same old PAY to PLAY scenario used by the Clintons and Obama. Shows how ANTI-AMERICAN they really are.

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dprodrig
Oct 24, 2016

A really interesting look at the list of Aaron Swartz, a child prodigy, whose actions provoked a series of consequences based on terrorism laws in the United States. Overall, absolutely fascinating to learn of the impact of his actions on the world.

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daysleeper236
Jul 30, 2016

Absolutely fascinating. Everyone should see this documentary.

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Belzimuth
Jun 13, 2016

J'aime

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wiredonjava
Aug 19, 2015

An excellent documentary and reminder of how knowledge is power and those in power are almost always greedy and corrupt. Shame on MIT for their indifference. Academic articles should be accessible and free!

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wongsokguan
Aug 05, 2015

eye-opener of subversive federal sense of justice. Make it a crime when it's not.

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JON MANN
Jul 27, 2015

READ THIS BOOK!!!
Founder of Reddit who turned his back on becoming an internet billionaire to advocate for open source information dissemination and was killed for his efforts.

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westcoast11
Jun 22, 2015

Check it out!

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cgesu1
Jun 15, 2015

Loved it! Highly recommend it! Very inspirational!

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