The Internet’s Own Boy: New Documentary About Aaron Swartz Now Free Online

On Boing­Bo­ing today, Cory Doc­torow writes: “The Cre­ative Com­mons-licensed ver­sion of The Inter­net’s Own Boy, Bri­an Knap­pen­berg­er’s doc­u­men­tary about Aaron Swartz, is now avail­able on the Inter­net Archive, which is espe­cial­ly use­ful for peo­ple out­side of the US, who aren’t able to pay to see it online.… The Inter­net Archive makes the movie avail­able to down­load or stream, in MPEG 4 and Ogg. There’s also a tor­rentable ver­sion.”

Accord­ing to the film sum­ma­ry, the new doc­u­men­tary “depicts the life of Amer­i­can com­put­er pro­gram­mer, writer, polit­i­cal orga­niz­er and Inter­net activist Aaron Swartz. It fea­tures inter­views with his fam­i­ly and friends as well as the inter­net lumi­nar­ies who worked with him. The film tells his sto­ry up to his even­tu­al sui­cide after a legal bat­tle, and explores the ques­tions of access to infor­ma­tion and civ­il lib­er­ties that drove his work.”

The Inter­net’s Own Boy will be added to our col­lec­tion, 285 Free Doc­u­men­taries Online, part of our larg­er col­lec­tion, 4,000+ Free Movies Online: Great Clas­sics, Indies, Noir, West­erns, Doc­u­men­taries & More.

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  • Raphael says:

    I do

  • Peter says:

    Me too

  • Adam says:

    I care!

  • Barbara says:

    Impor­tant movie. I,m going to pass this on to every­one I know.

  • Phil says:

    Me too… Dean ur a fool

  • Safdar Hussain says:

    The Best Doc­u­men­tary.
    I will def­i­nite­ly share and show it to all my friends and all stu­dents in my Insti­tute.

  • mike says:

    it is also avail­able on youtube

  • fabiogeda says:

    I care!

  • Vruchtgebruik says:

    Is there any eng­lish sub­ti­tle for deaf ppl ?

  • Maryam says:

    When Bouaz­izi com­mit­ted sui­cide it sparked a reval­u­a­tion. Swartz’s death should be no dif­fer­ent. It dra­mat­i­cal­ly high­light­ed the threats we all face when it comes to our basic civ­il lib­er­ties. It wad a painful wake up call that our law sys­tem is in need of dras­tic reform.

  • Carlos says:

    It’s because peo­ple like you “dean” that the world is in this f*cked up state…

  • Bernie says:

    Just watched it on Aussie tv. WOW, every­one should watch & appre­ci­ate just how bril­liant & so right that young man was. Long live activists

  • Brandy says:

    Sor­ry sir, but just like the rest of that direct­ed our­self to this online web page and… just like the rest of us who cared enough to read it’s infor­ma­tion all the way to the com­ments sec­tion and… just like the rest of us who cared enough to sub­mit a com­ment when we got there… any­one that tru­ely does not care would not be here at this web page car­ing to do any of these things…just like us. I believe you do care enough to be here online and no one has ever did you the favor of let­ting you know the cool kids quit act­ing too cool for school years ago… but, I AM going to do you a favor. I am going to be the one to make sure you are aware that even though your com­ment was com­plete­ly point­less, it was not entire­ly use­less. We all have learned ALOT from what you said-THAT YOU JUST AREN’T COOL !
    Best regards
    ‑The Cool Kid

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