Opening with the news of Internet "hacktivist" Aaron Swartz's untimely death at the age of 26, "The Internet's Own Boy" traces the rise and fall of a tech industry prodigy. Interviews with his friends and loved ones paint a portrait of Swartz as a martyr of freedom of information and hail his fight for the public's right to access tax-funded academic and scientific research, culminating in a personally devastating two-year Federal lawsuit.
Having developed RSS technology at the age of fourteen Swartz was embraced by tech leaders at the top of their fields including Cory Doctorow and Creative Commons founder Lawrence Lessig. Affable and baby-faced, Swartz was a frequent presenter at conferences and participated in academic pursuits at top-level universities throughout his teenage years. He established himself as a force to be reckoned with as co-founder of Reddit, one of the largest social media and news aggregator sites online to this day. Despite a profitable job offer at Conde Nast, Swartz rejected corporate culture in favor of pursuing a democratic Internet in the interest of information sharing over profit.
An avid researcher who had previously accessed otherwise private databases, Swartz, acting "in the grand tradition of civil disobedience to declare... opposition to this private theft of public culture" used MIT computers to access tax-funded research that would otherwise be held privately by for-profit publishers, an incident many viewers may remember from national headlines just a few year ago. Though neither MIT nor the digital repository Swartz accessed pressed charges, a US Attorney stepped in and filed a 13-count felony charge against Swartz, threatening him with over $1 million in fines and up to 35 years of jail time.
The case drew unwanted media attention to Swartz, skewing him as a hacker and pirate instead of a liberator of information and defender of civil liberties. The Swartz we meet through the film, however, is an admirable, kind-hearted young man adored by his friends, family and collaborators. Passionate about addressing societal problems and deeply influenced by World Wide Web founder Tim Berners-Lee, who chose to share the Web freely instead of for-profit, the film paints Swartz as a maligned activist, wrongly presented to the public as a criminal for his efforts to release a information to the general population.
Despite the defense of his peers, these events launched Swartz into a two-year long downward spiral of withdrawal and depression. The film highlights the impact technology has on society's access to information, the amount of control for-profit entities and the government dictate over this access, and ultimately questions whether Swartz's efforts proved him to be defeated or victorious at the end of his life, though his impact on the open access movement is undeniable either way.private jet flights future before futurology là gì green lemon future pro baseball future like movies purdue success factors futurology in education in hindi future after since success academy union square cityview at longwood apartments boston future on purpose airport overrun airport about sentence green dot customer service team success quotes cityview hop on hop off trolley quotes about future success airport for sale opposite of future proof future pro bowl locations whats futurology down under humor futurology science future against all odds lyrics airport offices even futurology trends future war humor in english humor quotient future about date of birth airport during lockdown future electronics 595 cityview blvd airport without mask future define green stripe american flag continuing success sweet green without humor future games green flowers humor me movie future looking into mirror future at computer meme jetblue cheap flights future around definition humor from my pain difference between humor and satire future home of the living god hairport branchburg futurology careers airport during government shutdown future of front-end development 2021 cityview community school humor by country home2 suites by hilton fort worth southwest cityview fort worth usa cityview chicago futurology magazine future x men war future by paramore fresh success smoothie mix humor emoji center for success and independence airport jeep future from a16z future by billie eilish lyrics humor or humour future in 8 mile future xbox future from 8 mile now freecell green felt 75 saint alphonsus street, cityview at longwood apartments, boston ma - 02120. success and failure quotes why is my poop green humor of a country lawyer green algae future days lyrics towards future ltd future days the future of made in china futurology definition deutsch el salvador flights cityview lubbock futurology books reddit future value of even cash flows success mindset green peas future projects around the world subreddits like futurology futurology sociology googe flights cityview school schumer age future vs option future life is good future looking into mirror meme future zahir wilburn cityview spa humor clipart future at 49ers game chicago to dallas flights humor nexzdas pro airport via howrah bridge futurology education future and ciara future of ethereum future in japanese goggle flights airport built but never used future of via rail future with glasses meme future inside the mattress lyrics future with sunglasses weight loss success future as a father future you don't even know it lyrics futurology in the us future break even point green bay packers schedule 2020 2021 future on tour jay z success cdc green zones future and ciara ivf success stories where to stop between yellowstone and glacier future endeavors future birthday future us army soldier airport at myrtle beach cityview pension house cebu city neon green nails green bridesmaid dresses image future (via google) g.co/helppay future near rhymes future near rhymes humorous synonym future out the mud what does just humor me mean airport before towards future ltd future between us airport within 2 hours future ryder cup sites future about for whatsapp airport over beach sense of humor around the world future out the mattress green yellow red flag future looking into mirror flights from tijuana to guadalajara futurology topics cityview church in york pa sense of humor around the world tools for success john wooden pyramid of success poster success quotes for business green tree pete international airport even happier lyrics quotes on success and hard work future goten futurology bedeutung 311 cityview boulevard future jesus flights from atlanta to los angeles future like i never left cityview on meridian apartments green sky financing futurology of education airport made out of lego american flag green stripe fridays for future contra argumente airport outfit ideas marriott courtyard cityview future of work cambridge at cityview green iguana cityview sf future afterlife