Tag Archive for Aaron Swartz

The Internet’s Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz

Featured Image: Aaron Swartz at a Creative Commons event. Credit: Fred Benenson – User: Mecredis Source: Wikipedia Commons (This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license.)

youtube by The Documentary Network

Published on Jun 29, 2014

The film 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.

Film by Brian Knappenberger – Luminant Media
Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License

Aaron Swartz memorial: call for Internet freedoms (Video Report)

from youtube uploaded by RTAmerica

Published on Feb 5, 2013

On Monday, members of congress celebrated the life of internet activist Aaron Swartz in a memorial on Capitol Hill. Over 300 people attended the ceremony where lawmakers, family, activists, and academics spoke about Swartz’s life and called for federal reform of anti-hacking laws. Congressmen including Senator Ron Wyden and Representative Darrell Issa spoke at the event. Justine Underhill brings us more.
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