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The Internet's Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz

By Amanda Nojadera, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Docu focuses on activist's passion for open access to info.

Movie NR 2014 105 minutes
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With The Internet's Own Boy, director Brian Knappenberger has crafted an inspiring documentary that does more than portray Swartz as an information hacktivist. Instead, viewers get to know him as a smart, driven man who dedicated his life to bringing public access to the public domain. The home videos of Swartz as a young boy highlight his love of learning, and the interviews with colleagues like Tim Berners-Lee show just how important and respected Swartz was across online communities.

Although the film often moves at a fast pace and the Internet terms and political lingo may be confusing for younger viewers, Knappenberger's decision to end on a hopeful note after tastefully acknowledging Swartz's death, proves just how influential Swartz's work is and will continue to be as long as people keep fighting for the right to access all the knowledge the Internet has to offer.

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