The film follows the story of programming prodigy and information activist Aaron Swartz
By Abdullah Al-wali on February 11th 2015
The Internet's Own Boy follows the story of programming prodigy and information activist Aaron Swartz. Swartz's digital print is all around, from helping with the development of the basic internet protocol RSS to co-founding major internet websites like Reddit. He was a genius who not only understood how to unleash the creative and collaborative potential of the internet, but also understood it's purpose and the open source ethics as originally intended from the webs' creator, Tim Berners Lee.
But when Swartz started his groundbreaking work in social justice, eventually spearheading the anti SOPA & PIPA movement, which managed to stop the legislations from being passed, he became engulfed by a year legal nightmare. He firmly believed in making academic papers, books and public files available to everyone, to democratise the system and make this knowledge not simply a reward for the most privileged. In the end, it was his downfall.
The story of Aaron Swartz is equal parts inspirational and tragic. We could go on about the incredible things that Swartz did throughout his life, but we wont spoil the film, watch it for yourself.