Directed by Brian Knappenberger, the film follows Swartz’ campaign against the proposed Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) in 2011 and 2012. The legislation was meant to help stop copyright violations on the web but was seen as a pretense that the U.S. government could use to shut down web sites.
Swartz, who co-founded Reddit, was an ardent campaigner for open data accessibility. When he died at 26 of an apparent suicide, he was being prosecuted for downloading millions of documents from MIT’ network database. Swartz’s friends, family and colleagues have been fighting to keep his story alive and have blasted MIT and federal law enforcement agencies for over-zealous prosecution.
This Kickstarter-funded documentary is part of that effort. Check out the trailer below: