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

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Published on 23rd February 2016 by

A 2014 biographical documentary about Aaron Swartz, the American computer programmer, entrepreneur, hacker and activist who was involved in the development of RSS, the Markdown publishing format, and Creative Commons. He committed suicide at the age of just 26 in 2013 whilst under federal investigation for data theft and a potential sentence of 35 years in prison.

The Internet’s Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz depicts the life of this prodigy and his contribution to the tech world, the film is narrated in its entirety by important figures in his life including his mother, brother, and girlfriends. After being screened at several festivals and broadcast on the BBC it was released online with a Creative Commons license, a fitting conclusion to a man who was an internet freedom activist.

BOOK

If you want to learn more about Aaron Swartz, his ideals, his achievements, and ultimately his death, then check out the excellent 2016 posthumous biographical book by Justin Peters – The Idealist: Aaron Swartz and the Rise of Free Culture on the Internet, available in paperback, hardcover, kindle, and audiobook format.

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