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

Friday, June 27, 2014

A movie poster for the film "The Internet's Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz."

Director Brian Knappenberger discusses his documentary “The Internet’s Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz.” The film is about Internet prodigy Aaron Swartz, who co-founded Reddit, co-created RSS, and was an activist for free access to digital information before he committed suicide, at the age of 26, after a two year fight with the Federal government, which arrested him for hacking. “The Internet’s Own Boy: the story of Aaron Swartz” opens at the IFC Center June 27, and is also available on demand.

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henry from md

I am not a specialist in this area but as far as I understand MIT like other corporations benefits from basic publicly funded (by taxpayers!) research delivered to it/them free without any contingent benefit to the public.
Any thoughts on that?

Jun. 27 2014 03:20 PM
Marrach from Brooklyn!!! was tragic what was done to him and his taking his life...but to call it "harassing him for taking out too many books" is oversimplifying. This fellow wasn't downloading snarky cartoons and cute cat videos. He was downloading Technical/Scientific Papers.

MIT is a University. But MIT really functions like a Research Patent Corporation that JUST HAPPENS to issue University Diplomas as a Side Business. A LOT of their academic papers contain research that the 'Non-Profit Corporation' called MIT views as potential financial/economic resources for future Technology Ventures. As such, the LAST thing this entity wants is for all their Research Data potential to be freely blasted over the Internet.

Unfortunately, this young man took his personal 'All Information Must Be Free' ethos...and applied it to an Organization that reacted with expected legal force against his act of wholesale download. Unfortunately or Otherwise...ALL Information is NOT Free.

Jun. 27 2014 01:13 PM

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