Must watch: Trailer released for Aaron Swartz documentary, “The Internet’s Own Boy”

The Kickstarter-funded documentary, which premiered at Sundance, tells the tragic story of hacktivist Aaron Swartz VIDEO

Topics: Video, The Internet's Own Boy, Aaron Swartz, Documentary, The Internet, Suicide, innovation, technology, ,

Must watch: Trailer released for Aaron Swartz documentary, "The Internet's Own Boy"Aaron Swartz (Credit: Wikipedia)

A trailer for Brian Knappenberger’s documentary about Internet prodigy and hacktivist Aaron Swartz has been released. The film, which was funded by Kickstarter and took around a year to make, follows the life, activism and prosecution of Aaron Swartz.

Swartz committed suicide in January of 2013, in the midst of being federally prosecuted for downloading a mass of copyrighted JSTOR articles from MIT, and potentially facing 35 years in prison and $1 million in fines. His plea bargain to avoid jail time had just been rejected.

Swartz viewed Internet sharing as a “moral imperative,” rejected the money-grubbing corporate facet of the Internet, and became an important figure in the fight to keep the Internet open and free (fighting against SOPA and PIPA).The film will be released on July 27.

Sarah Gray is an assistant editor at Salon, focusing on innovation. Follow @sarahhhgray or email sgray@salon.com.

More Related Stories

Featured Slide Shows

  • Share on Twitter
  • Share on Facebook
  • 1 of 11
  • Close
  • Fullscreen
  • Thumbnails
    Rose Jay via Shutterstock

    Most popular dog breeds in America

    Labrador Retriever

    These guys are happy because their little brains literally can't grasp the concept of global warming.

    Hysteria via Shutterstock

    Most popular dog breeds in America

    German Shepherd

    This momma is happy to bring her little guy into the world, because she doesn't know that one day they'll both be dead.

    Christian Mueller via Shutterstock

    Most popular dog breeds in America

    Golden Retriever

    I bet these guys wouldn't be having so much fun if they knew the sun was going to explode one day.

    WilleeCole Photography via Shutterstock

    Most popular dog breeds in America

    Bulldog

    This dude thinks he's tough, but only because nobody ever told him about ISIS.

    Soloviova Liudmyla via Shutterstock

    Most popular dog breeds in America

    Beagle

    This little lady is dreaming about her next meal-- not Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.

    Labrador Photo Video via Shutterstock

    Most popular dog breeds in America

    Yorkshire Terrier

    This trusting yorkie has never even heard the name "Bernie Madoff."

    Pavla via Shutterstock

    Most popular dog breeds in America

    Poodle

    She is smiling so widely because she is too stupid to understand what the Holocaust was.

    Aneta Pics via Shutterstock

    Most popular dog breeds in America

    Boxer

    Sure, frolic now, man. One day you're going to be euthanized and so is everyone you love.

    Dezi via Shutterstock

    Most popular dog breeds in America

    French Bulldog

    He's on a casual afternoon stroll because he is unfamiliar with the concept of eternity.

    Jagodka via Shutterstock

    Most popular dog breeds in America

    Rottweiler

    Wouldn't it be nice if we could all be this care-free? But we can't because we are basically all indirectly responsible for slavery.

  • Recent Slide Shows

Comments

Loading Comments...