Saturday, November 12, 2016

The Internet's Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz !

Parents need to know that The Internet's Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz is a documentary that highlights the life and work of Internet influencer Aaron Swartz, while also questioning how much control we have over the Internet and the ways that greed affects the amount of information that people can access. The movie includes interviews with Aaron's family and colleagues, as well as clips from Aaron's own interviews with various news outlets. Internet concepts like RSS and Creative Commons (which Aaron helped develop), as well as legislation like SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act), PIPA (Protect IP Act), and the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act are explained as simply as possible. Expect some strong language ("f--k," "s--t," etc.) and a few images of clashes between protestors and the police, as well as Aaron's family talking about details of his arrest and time in solitary confinement.

Filmmaker Brian Knappenberger explores the life and work of programming prodigy and information activist Aaron Swartz.
Initial release: August 25, 2014 (United Kingdom)
Director: Brian Knappenberger
Box office: 48,911 USD
Editors: Brian Knappenberger, Bryan Storkel, Jason Decker, Andy Robertson, Michelle Witten
Awards: Writers Guild of America Award for Best Documentary Screenplay


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