The Internet’s Own Boy

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The name Aaron Swartz may not ring a bell for most. But for the developer community, Swartz was a hero. He created the prototype for Wikipedia and helped create RSS feeds. He went on to co-found Reddit and helped kill an anti-piracy bill backed by Hollywood. But Swartz was under investigation for taking academic papers and making them freely available online. That’s when he killed himself at the age of 26. Brian Knappenberger’s new film takes a look at the government’s investigation and why Swartz may have taken his life.

Credits

Guest:
Brian Knappenberger - producer and documentary filmmaker - @knappB

Host:
Madeleine Brand

Producers:
Andrew Walsh, Christian Bordal, Matt Holzman, Jolie Myers, Anna Scott