The Internet’s Own Boy, Brian Knappenberger’s Kickstarter-funded documentary about internet activist and programming pioneer 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.”
Along with footage of Swartz himself, the documentary features interviews with close friends, colleagues, and a variety of digital activists, including Cory Doctorow, Ben Wikler, David Segal, Christopher Soghoian, Cindy Cohn, and Senator Ron Wyden, who’s working on an overhaul of the CFAA, dubbed Aaron’s Law.
Available in Theaters and On Demand June 27.