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

Aaron Swartz was a visionary who changed the world, and continued changing it even after his suicide in 2013.

As a user of RSS feeds and Reddit, I had heard of Aaron before – he was the founder and co-founder of these, and many more. But I had never seen this documentary until today, and I wanted to share it with you guys.

I knew Aaron Swartz had died, but I didn’t really know why. I didn’t know him as an information activist until now. But I hold his beliefs in my heart.

”The world’s entire scientific and cultural heritage, published over centuries in books and journals, is increasingly being digitized and locked up by a handful of private corporations.” – Aaron Swartz

Many of us do not realise that the internet we use every day was given to us for free, because it was supposed to accessible to everyone. Nowadays, and it pains me to say this, this is not the case. 

The Internet is an endless source of information, and I can’t even begin to imagine what would happen if every single person on the planet has access to this endless source. Ideas would become reality, diseases that we’re fighting now will become extinct and more people will have a future to believe in.

This documentary was kickstarted and debuted in a small theatre in Brooklyn. It did not have budget for PR.

The film is released under a Creative Commons licence, which means everyone is free to distribute and share it. Please consider watching and sharing it with others who you think might be interested in Aaron’s story and his beliefs.



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