The Tragedy of Aaron Swartz

He could be your son — if your son was a shy computer-programming prodigy with a passion for freedom of online information. And that’s part of what makes the case of Aaron Swartz — who committed suicide last year at the age of 26, after his arrest for hacking into the academic digital library JSTOR led to a 13-felony indictment — so heartbreaking. For the full story, check out “The Internet’s Own Boy,” a Kickstarter-funded documentary that debuts in theaters on June 27. Directed by Brian Knappenberger, it movingly presents the Reddit co-founder turned Internet folk hero as a victim of overzealous prosecution. But while the profile of Swartz is clearly sympathetic, the film avoids turning him into a myth, and early reviews suggest it’s a must-see. Current score on Rotten Tomatoes: 93 percent. — John Birmingham

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