This Aaron Swartz Documentary Looks Amazing

My Netflix viewing history would tell you I’m a documentary nut. Color me excited, because this Kickstarter campaign aims to create a documentary about Aaron Swartz’s life and death and it looks fantastic.

The video above is 10 minutes long, but the last 7 or 8 minutes include footage from the upcoming film.

Full disclosure, I don’t know a lot about Aaron Swartz. I know some Internet VIPs were extremely saddened by his passing, but now that I’ve watched the preview for this film I’m excited to learn more.

The film is going to be distributed under a creative commons license, so anyone will be able to watch the final product once it is completed.

More on the film…

Currently titled “The Internet’s Own Boy,” the new film by Brian Knappenberger, director of “We Are Legion: The Story of the Hacktivists,” follows internet activist and programming pioneer Aaron Swartz from his teenage emergence on the internet scene and involvement in RSS and Reddit, to his increased interest in political advocacy and the controversial actions he allegedly took in downloading nearly four million academic articles from the online service JSTOR. The film explores Aaron’s arrest, the prosecution’s tactics in bringing the case to trial through the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, the CFAA, and the impact a seemingly small hacking gesture had on Aaron’s life and the future of information access on the internet.


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