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

The Internet's Own BoyThe Creative Commons-licensed version of The Internet’s Own Boy, Brian Knappenberger’s documentary about Aaron Swartz, is now available on the Internet Archive, which is especially useful for people outside of the US, who aren’t able to pay to see it online. It’s a remarkable movie and I hope you make some time to watch it. The Internet Archive makes the movie available to download or stream, in MPEG 4 and Ogg. There’s also a torrentable version.

The Internet’s Own Boy follows 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 the online communities in which he was a celebrity. This film is a personal story about what we lose when we are tone deaf about technology and its relationship to our civil liberties.

Browse More

Nikola Danaylov on Aways Another Way Podcast

Nikola Danaylov on the Always Another Way Podcast: The World is Transformed by Asking Questions

Futurist Gerd on AI

Gerd Leonhard on AI and Digital Ethics

At-the-Heart-of-Intelligence preview

At the Heart of Intelligence: A Film by Gerd Leonhard & Telia Finland

Yuval Harari on Fascism thumb

Yuval Harari on Why Fascism is so Tempting and How Your Data Could Power It

Third Industrial Revolution Rifkin thumb

The Third Industrial Revolution: A Radical New Sharing Economy [Documentary]

Will tech save the world thumb

London Futurists Hangout On Air: Will science & technology save the world?

Jaguar I-Pace EV thumb

Jaguar I-PACE EV Guns for Tesla

Yuval Harari World Economic Forum thumb

Yuval Harari at the World Economic Forum: Will the Future be Human?

shares