Doc about tech giant called a ‘digital age Che Guevara’ free online now

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In case you haven’t seen it yet, “The Internet’s Own Boy” came out this summer and documents the life of Aaron Swartz, a man who helped create RSS, Reddit and champion open access to information.

The documentary was created after a successful Kickstarter campaign in which $93,000 was raised in 30 days.

Rotten Tomato users give the doc a 92 percent approval rate.

A review in The Guardian called Swartz “a sort of digital-age Che Guevara” and the documentary “unapologetically partial but fair” and “essential viewing for anyone interested in what freedom of information means in the digital age.”

Alongside Swartz’ many creations and contributions of collective projects, toward the end of his life he invented DeadDrop. Now known as SecureDrop, the system helps provide protection to sources and is currently being used by news and whistleblower websites in the United States and Europe.

Shortly before his death, Swartz played a role in fighting the Stop Online Piracy Act or SOPA, a bill to regulate copyright on the internet that Swartz and others feared would limit internet’s free and open access.

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Khari Johnson
Khari is founder and editor of Through the Cracks: Crowdfunding in Journalism. He also writes about bots and artificial intelligence for VentureBeat. He has built news startups in the U.S. and Europe for the last decade.

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