Programming prodigy and information activist Aaron Swartz achieved groundbreaking work in social justice and political organizing. His passion for open access ensnared him in a legal nightmare that ended with the taking of his own life at the age of 26.
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Not criticizing anything what Aaron did for people (not just in USA but for all human-beings) or his ideas but this documentary should have been 60-70 minutes at most. I mean last 40 minutes is basically all about his companions and family talking about the same things (how government had tried to make an example of him and so on).
His persona is intriguing. I read his raw thoughts thoroughly after watching this film. Been surrounded by too many vilians/heartless persona with bazillion justifications of their action these days makes me wondering whether a genuine & gently kind role model is present in our generation. Aaron is :)
Aaron Swartz deserves to be a household name for hacktivism that transcends the triviality of that term. This documentary is a must see. His decision to free MIT's scholarly works from private corporate control and into free public access was a particular highlight. His story is tragic and profound, raising many questions about developing hierarchies in the technocratic age.