The Internet's Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz Image
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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 politicalThe 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. Expand

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 23
  2. Negative: 0 out of 23
  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: Leslie Felperin
    Oct 26, 2015
    80
    Essential viewing for anyone interested in what freedom of information means in the digital age, this passionate, fascinating, unapologetically partial but fair documentary celebrates Aaron Swartz.
  4. Reviewed by: Nick Prigge
    Jun 23, 2014
    75
    The film is far from a technical matter, fiercely promoting Swartz's legacy and challenging us with the same questions its central subject was compelled to ask.
  5. Reviewed by: Stephanie Merry
    Jun 26, 2014
    75
    Knappenberger’s documentary is smart and focused, homing in on a recurring theme of independence.
  6. Reviewed by: Mike D'Angelo
    Jun 25, 2014
    75
    While Swartz almost certainly would not have been sentenced to 50 years in prison, a system that tries to scare harmless do-gooders into submission does America no credit. In this case, it succeeded all too horribly well.
  7. Reviewed by: Joe Neumaier
    Jun 26, 2014
    40
    Melancholy, often muddled documentary.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 3
  2. Negative: 0 out of 3
  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 thanWatched 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. Collapse
  2. Feb 19, 2015
    5
    The audio in this film is atrocious. I had to stop about 20 minutes in and make a major equalization just so those watching could understandThe audio in this film is atrocious. I had to stop about 20 minutes in and make a major equalization just so those watching could understand the dialogue. No closed-captioning, which is an industry standard (almost all low-budget films have closed-captioning) and no subtitles, again an industry standard. These penny-pinching Scrooges have done a great discredit to the memory of Aaron Swartz and he certainly deserved better. Shame on them. The film was a 10 but a great story with words you can't understand is a zero. I give it a 5. Expand

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