The Internet's Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz
Internet activist and programming pioneer Aaron Swartz from his involvement in RSS and Reddit, to his political advocacy and actions he allegedly took in downloading nearly four million academic articles from the online service JSTOR. His arrest, the prosecution's tactics in bringing the case to trial through the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, the CFAA, and the impact a seemingly small hacking gesture had on Aaron's life and the possible future of information access on the internet. (aaronswartzthedocumentary.com)
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The Internet's Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz

2014
Documentary
Crime
1h 45m
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Rated 05 Nov 2014
50
43rd
Certainly of interest for several reasons, but it seems the filmmakers were so keen on generating outrage that they were content just to produce a very conventional hagiography, preferring to manipulate audience emotions rather than analyse more deeply (perhaps this is slightly overstating it). I will never understand filmmakers who use old television clips and idiotically prefer to distort the images rather than display them with the correct aspect ratio. Swartz says some interesting things.
Rated 19 Apr 2014
78
40th
An interesting enough story that's pretty well told despite some annoying tendencies from the filmmaker.
Rated 06 Jul 2015
6
55th
Wish this was better but it had some major problems like revealing that he died in the beginning of the film (should've been the climax) and then lightly touching on the subject of the government killing him and then proceeding to never bring it up again. You can't do that. The ending was overly emotional to the point of cringe. I'm sure he would love to see reddit, his creation, being destroyed by Pao with censorship. Informative and not completely terrible but definitely a missed opportunity.
Rated 10 Apr 2024
99
89th
Rated 31 Dec 2016
4
52nd
That girl really fucked him over, eh?
Rated 07 Sep 2014
100
99th
Rating is not because of the film but for Aaron Swartz. The RSS link at the bottom of this page was made by this guy. reddit was co-founded by this guy. Tim Berners, Lee, founder of The Internet, told something after Aaron's suicide, that you should read. Watch this documentary and learn how Governments, unjustice, criminal police all converge to kill the brightest intellects our world has ever seen.
Rated 22 Sep 2015
3
59th
It's his ideas that make this interesting. Gave me plenty to think about.
Rated 26 Aug 2014
74
56th
Covers how Swartz, along with Pvt. Manning's masculinity became Open Source martyrs. Definitely has it's partisan slant, but the logic is passable in the right eyes.
Rated 20 Oct 2020
9
88th
High score for the subject and not the film itself.
Rated 02 Apr 2024
67
33rd
Rated 22 Dec 2022
85
70th
The content is so important that it makes it a must watch. Everything else is good enough to not matter (like technical film stuff).
Rated 10 Feb 2015
73
46th
Eye-opening and tragic.
Rated 01 Jul 2014
60
35th
Unfocused and meandering. Doesn't seem like there was enough here for a 100 minute movie.
Rated 09 Aug 2015
30
12th
Really poorly done fan documentary, don't get me wrong It's a really interesting subject and some of the things the documentary points out are very important, but the edition and storytelling wasn't the best and that was distracting. About Aaron I think the story was really tragic and the last part was difficult to watch because you could feel the pain from his love ones, he was a real victim of a broken system.
Rated 23 Feb 2022
60
71st
Diamond.
Rated 14 May 2021
65
64th
A documentary that follows the beat of an activistic drum.
Rated 26 Oct 2014
78
71st
the good hacker. if there are still anyone left who thinks that governments work for the people and justice system serves the people, they should watch this and think again.
Rated 20 Mar 2016
7
68th
nerds
Rated 23 Jun 2015
90
87th
The tragically short life story of the first upcoming genius of the internet generation, filled to the brim with touching testimonials.

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