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‘The Internet’s Own Boy’ Looks At The Life, Death and Prosecution of Reddit Co-Founder Aaron Swartz: VIDEO

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It was over a year ago that RSS creator, Reddit Co-Founder and internet activist Aaron Swartz, facing 35 years in jail, took his own life. He was 26 years old.

His legacy lives on today and a new documentary on Swartz that debuted at the Sundance Film Festival, titled “The Internet’s Own Boy,” will receive a theatrical and video-on-demand release June 27. The film follows Swartz’s meteoric rise to the top of the tech world, his efforts to fight the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and his now infamous hack of the online academic database JSTOR.

Watch the trailer, AFTER THE JUMP…

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  1. So for that 35 years, for a small drug bust, years in jail.

    But crash the entire U.S. economy and you get millions of dollars in bonuses, retirement golden parachutes and a pat on the back from the SEC.

    Posted by: Cam | May 2, 2014 10:20:19 AM


  2. This looks amazing... And as a redditor (which I think a few Towleroad people may be), it's gonna hit hard when I finally am able to watch this.

    Posted by: Walter H | May 2, 2014 11:22:29 AM


  3. Still no excuse to take your own life. That was stupid and incredibly selfish.

    Posted by: Brian W. | May 2, 2014 2:24:13 PM


  4. Aaron did a great thing with RSS.

    Then he countered it with the mess known as Reddit -- a place where using it as designed can get you banned, and you won't even know.

    THAT is what he should have done time for.

    Posted by: Randy | May 2, 2014 4:14:27 PM


  5. Brian W: Comments like that make the internet great.

    PS: I'm being sarcastic.

    Posted by: Sam | May 2, 2014 4:39:49 PM


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