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

Director
Brian Knappenberger

Main cast
Aaron Swartz; Tim Berners-Lee; Cory Doctorow; Peter Eckersley; Lawrence Lessig

Genres
Documentary

Description
Programming prodigy and information activist Aaron Swartz achieved groundbreaking work in social justice and political organizing. His passion for open access ensnared him in a legal nightmare that ended with the taking of his own life at the age of 26.


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