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  • Summary: 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. Collapse
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  1. Positive: 17 out of 22
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  1. Reviewed by: Richard Roeper
    Jun 26, 2014
    100
    This is a film that left me marveling at Swartz’s beautiful mind, and shaking my head at the insanity of the system he knew was badly fractured.
  2. Reviewed by: Geoff Berkshire
    Jun 25, 2014
    90
    The Internet’s Own Boy is a beautifully crafted film that opens a window on a world not everyone has entered yet, and exposes ways in which both the legal system and the U.S. government is lagging hopelessly behind technology.
  3. Reviewed by: Kenneth Turan
    Jun 26, 2014
    80
    Whether Aaron Swartz is a personal hero or someone you've never heard of until now, his story cannot help but touch you.
  4. Reviewed by: Katherine Kilkenny
    Jun 25, 2014
    75
    Knappenberger has delivered a film brimming with outrage, whose zeal becomes persuasive once Swartz takes on his activist mantle.
  5. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    Jun 26, 2014
    75
    Knappenberger can’t paint his subject as an imperfect human being because Swartz simply means too much to too many people right now. He’s a focal point for social and political change, with communal grief as its engine.
  6. Reviewed by: Michael Phillips
    Jun 26, 2014
    63
    See the movie, flaws and all, simply to see where you stand in this digital river that runs through all our lives, connecting and isolating us in ways we're barely able to comprehend.
  7. Reviewed by: Joe Neumaier
    Jun 26, 2014
    40
    Melancholy, often muddled documentary.

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  1. Jul 29, 2014
    9
    Watched this a recently and was moved by the story. Swartz story could be seen as a cautionary tale. This film seemed more focused than Knappenberger's previous documentary about Anonymous. Both must-sees for the Internet generation and anyone interested in the current politics of information technology. Great filmmaker, can't wait to see what's next. Expand

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