The Internet’s Own Boy

 The Internet's Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz
(2014) on IMDb


The Internet’s Own Boy follows 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.

Action Steps


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It’s hard not to come away from the film with a sense that as a society we failed Swartz. In turn, we lost a singularly talented individual.
— Michael Zelenko, The Verge
Gabriel Zimmer