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Sundance film festival: A year after his death, film explores Aaron Swartz's online activism

Published on Jan 22, 2014 10:51 AM
 

PARK CITY, Utah (REUTERS) - A year after Internet activist Aaron Swartz committed suicide, a new documentary brings to light the young computer prodigy's earnest battle to bring online freedom of access to information for everyone.

The Internet's Own Boy: The Story Of Aaron Swartz premiered at the Sundance Film Festival on Monday and director Brian Knappenberger was joined by Swartz's father Robert and two brothers, Noah and Ben, all of whom received a standing ovation.

"It's unbelievably hard for us, but Aaron is dead, there's nothing we can do about that," Swartz's father told the audience, saying he hoped the film would raise awareness of Aaron's activism and encourage others to fight on his behalf.

Swartz died aged 26 in his Brooklyn, New York apartment on Jan 11, 2013, after facing felony charges brought by a federal grand jury that included theft, wire fraud and computer fraud.

 
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