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The Internet's Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz
 
Documentary
105 minutes
2014
Director(s): Brian Knappenberger
USA
Fri 9:00 pm Varsity 1
Sat 6:00 pm Varsity 1
Sun 3:00 pm Varsity 1
Synopsis
At only 14, teenage computer prodigy Aaron Swartz helped create RSS and Reddit, which changed how people access and read content on the Internet. He was also involved with Creative Commons, the online alternative to copyright that encourages free information sharing. A few years later, Aaron’s commitment to free speech, social justice, and political advocacy persuaded him to “hack” a non-profit academic organization and download millions of digital articles. Although he did not sell or personally distribute them, he was arrested under a sweeping US law, and charged with multiple felonies that could have cost him 35 years in jail. A vibrant exploration of Aaron’s legal nightmare, the prosecution’s aggressive — some say over the top — tactics, and the big impact a seemingly small hacking gesture had on Aaron’s life — and perhaps the future of the Internet.
 
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