THE INTERNET’S OWN BOY Doc First Trailer

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Here’s the first The Internet’s Own Boy trailer for director Brian Knappenberger’s powerful documentary about Aaron Swartz, digital wunderkind and activist.

The film  is a tribute to Reddit co-founder and a critique of the U.S. justice system.

Swartz committed suicide at the age of 26 in the midst of a trial in which he faced 35 years in prison for hacking MIT’s network and downloading millions of academic journal articles from JSTOR. A computer-programming prodigy was a passionate political organizer and was one of the key people involved with raising the public’s awareness of the dangers of SOPA.

The Internet’s Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz will be coming to limited theaters nationwide and VOD on June 27th.

Watch the trailer.

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 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.

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