What parents need to know

Parents need to know that The Internet's Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz is a documentary that highlights the life and work of Internet influencer Aaron Swartz, while also questioning how much control we have over the Internet and the ways that greed affects the amount of information that people can access. The movie includes interviews with Aaron's family and colleagues, as well as clips from Aaron's own interviews with various news outlets. Internet concepts like RSS and Creative Commons (which Aaron helped develop), as well as legislation like SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act), PIPA (Protect IP Act), and the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act are explained as simply as possible. Expect some strong language ("f--k," "s--t," etc.) and a few images of clashes between protestors and the police, as well as Aaron's family talking about details of his arrest and time in solitary confinement.
  • Families can talk about Aaron Swartz. Did you know who he was or what he did before watching the documentary? How could you find out more if you wanted to?
  • To what extent do you think the government or major corporations should be able to control online content -- and the public's ability to access it?
  • Aaron was passionate about making knowledge accessible for everyone. What issues are you passionate about?
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