The Internet’s Own Boy The Story of Aaron Swartz

Photo: Noah Berger / Sundance Institute

Aaron Swartz was an amzing guy. Sadly he only really got my attention after the outrage about his death. I backed a Kickstarter concerning a documentary on his life. It took some time to complete and then finally was relased on Vimeo On Demand. All international backers couldn’t watch the thing although we as backers had a code to get the movie first. Region Code: Canada/US. Not really cool… speacially on a project about this topic and person! Well I am glad to see that the movie is now on archive.org.

Also check out this recollection of his role in the Anti-SOPA-Movement:

Probably one of his last interviews:

Watch „The Internet’s Own Boy” now!

Aaron Swartz

Aaron Hillel Swartz (November 8, 1986 – January 11, 2013) was an American computer programmer, entrepreneur, writer, political organizer, and Internet hacktivist. He was involved in the development of the web feed format RSS, the Markdown publishing format, the organization Creative Commons, and the website framework web.py, and was a co-founder of the social news site Reddit. He was given the title of co-founder of Reddit by Y Combinator owner Paul Graham after the formation of Not a Bug, Inc. (a merger of Swartz's project Infogami and Redbrick Solutions, a company run by Alexis Ohanian and Steve Huffman). Swartz's work also focused on civic awareness and activism. He helped launch the Progressive Change Campaign Committee in 2009 to learn more about effective online activism. In 2010, he became a research fellow at Harvard University's Safra Research Lab on Institutional Corruption, directed by Lawrence Lessig. He founded the online group Demand Progress, known for its campaign against the Stop Online Piracy Act. In 2011, Swartz was arrested by Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) police on state breaking-and-entering charges, after connecting a computer to the MIT network...
Definition from Wikipedia – Aaron Swartz