Review: “The Internet’s Own Boy.”

The Internet’s Own Boy, a documentary about the late innovator and activist Aaron Swartz, strikes an uneasy balance between a biopic and a call to action. By all accounts, Swartz was utterly brilliant and his suicide at age 26 is a genuine tragedy. Director Brian Knappenberger does not dwell on the details of Swartz’s death, and instead all but makes the case that Swartz is a martyr for internet freedom. It’s a little unseemly since the argument is so one-sided, which differs from a first half that is bursting with fascinating information. This is a great primer on Swartz’s major accomplishments, at least until the filmmakers start to favor manipulation above all else.

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