Wednesday 27 August 2014, 7:30 PM
With the Edward Snowden revelations and the net neutrality debate still reverberating throughout the halls of Washington DC (and more quietly in our Parliament), the Frontline Club's screening of The Internet's Own Boy couldn't be more timely.
Directed by Brian Knappenberger, the documentary looks at the life and tragic death of Aaaron Swartz. As a teenager, programming prodigy Aaron Swartz took the Internet community by storm. His intellect and understanding matched its most seasoned members. Today, his fingerprints are all over the Internet, from his help in the development of the basic Internet protocol RSS to his co-founding of Reddit. But Swartz’s groundbreaking work in social justice, combined with his aggressive approach to information access ensnared him in a two-year legal nightmare, with fatal consequences.
In 2011 and 2012, he was indicted by prosecutors who charged him with a staggering number of felonies. Swartz found himself facing 35 years in prison, and at the age of 26 was found dead in his apartment, from an apparent suicide.