Monday, March 7, 2016

The Internet's Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz (USA: Brian Knappenberger, 2014)

The Internet's Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz (USA: Brian Knappenberger, 2014: 105 mins) ["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."]

Alpert, Robert. "The Hurt Locker litigation: An adult’s story—part 2." Jump Cut #57 (Fall 2016)

Blue, Violet. "MIT website hacked by Anonymous on anniversary of Aaron Swartz suicide." ZD Net (January 11, 2014)

Coleman, Gabriella. "Coding Freedom: The Ethics and Aesthetics of Hacking." Law & Disorder Radio (February 18, 2013)

Higgins, Peter. "Remembering Aaron." Electronic Frontier Foundation (January 10, 2014)

The Internet's Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz  Critics Round Up (Ongoing Archive)

Kilkenny, Katherine. "Sundance Review: 'The Internet's Own Boy' Explores the Tragic Fate of a Technology Icon." IndieWire (January 22, 2014)

Lessig, Lawrence. "Prosecutor as Bully." Lessig Blog, v2 (2013)

Ludlow, Peter. "Hacktivists as Gadflies." The New York Times (April 13, 2013)

Macfarlane, Steve. "Five Questions With The Internet’s Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz Director Brian Knappenberger." Filmmaker (March 8, 2014)

Machkovech, Sam. "The Internet’s Own Boy review: Remembering—and honoring—Aaron Swartz." Ars Technica (July 19, 2014)

Pangburn, D.J. "Aaron Swartz's Documentarian on the Life and Death of an Anti-Establishment Icon." Motherboard (January 23, 2014)

Peters, Justin. "The Idealist: Aaron Swartz wanted to save the world. Why couldn’t he save himself?" Slate (February 7, 2013)

---. "The Wunderkind of the Free Culture Movement." On the Media (January 15, 2016) ["Three years ago this week, 26-year-old software developer and political activist Aaron Swartz killed himself in his Brooklyn apartment. He had been indicted on federal charges after illegally downloading 4.8 million articles from JSTOR, a database of academic journals, and potentially faced a million dollar fine and decades in jail. While his death made headline news, Swartz had long been an Internet folk hero and a fierce advocate for the free exchange of information. In a new book, The Idealist, writer Justin Peters places Swartz within the fraught, often colorful, history of copyright in America. Brooke talks with Peters about Swartz's legacy and the long line of "data moralists" who came before him."]

Stamos, Alex. "The Truth about Aaron Swartz’s 'Crime.'” Unhandled Exception (January 12, 2013)

Stein, Sophia. "Aaron Swartz – The Tragic Loss Of The Internet’s Own Boy." Cultural Weekly (July 16, 2014)

Tobias, Scott. "The Internet's Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz."  The Dissolve (June 26, 2014)

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