Aaron Swartz and his struggle for Online Freedom


Internet's Own Boy: Film on Aaron Swartz Captures Late Activist's Struggle for Online Freedom (1/3)






Published on 21 Jan 2014

One year ago this month, the young Internet freedom activist and groundbreaking programmer Aaron Swartz took his own life. Swartz died shortly before he was set to go to trial for downloading millions of academic articles from servers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology based on the belief that the articles should be freely available online. At the time he committed suicide, Swartz was facing 35 years in prison, a penalty supporters called excessively harsh. Today we spend the hour looking at the new documentary, "The Internet's Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz." We play excerpts of the film and speak with Swartz's father Robert, his brother Noah, his lawyer Elliot Peters, and filmmaker Brian Knappenberger. 

Watch the full 45-minute discussion at http://www.democracynow.org/2014/1/21....

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