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Aaron Swartz: hacker, genius… martyr?

He was one of the founders and co-owners of Reddit who turned into a crusader of open-net and especially in the field of academic journals/research which few companies were making billions of dollars without financial compensation to the academics/authors. He died for that cause.

This is his history.

Aaron Swartz: hacker, genius… martyr?

Aaron Swartz was a tech whiz-kid and political activist devoted to a free and open internet. When he tried to 'liberate' data from an academic website, US authorities responded fiercely. He faced a fine of up to $1m and 35 years in jail. Then he took his own life. Here, his former girlfriend talks about the circumstances of his death .


Anonymous - The Story of Aaron Swartz Full Documentary

This film follows the story of programming prodigy and information activist Aaron Swartz. From Swartz's help in the development of the basic internet protocol RSS to his co-founding of Reddit, his fingerprints are all over the internet. But it was Swartz's groundbreaking work in social justice and political organizing combined with his aggressive approach to information access that ensnared him in a two-year legal nightmare. It was a battle that ended with the taking of his own life at the age of 26. Aaron's story touched a nerve with people far beyond the online communities in which he was a celebrity. This film is a personal story about what we lose when we are tone deaf about technology and its relationship to our civil liberties.

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