Aaron Swartz vs The Deep “Security” State: The War on YOUR Public Knowledge

This film MUST be seen and UNDERSTOOD far and wide!

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This is a true story about a “HERO” was actively Smashing the Matrix from inside the source code!!! 

This video follows a programming prodigy, information activist and modern day Robin Hood, Aaron Swartz. Swartz’s groundbreaking work in social justice and political organizing combined with his aggressive approach to free, open source information for everyone to access, NOT just the wealthy and privileged elite who restrict public access to files, records and published papers to private interests who do NOT want the public scrutiny, eventually ensnared him in a two-year legal nightmare.

It was a battle that ended with the “taking of his own life” at the age of only 26. Many question whether this was an actual suicide or being suicided as many activists, heroes and whistleblowers of past have been subjected to in a cover-up. 

Aaron’s story touched a nerve with people far beyond the online communities in which he was a considered a celebrity.

This film is a personal story about what we lose when we are blind to the relationship between technology and our personal civil liberties.

– In 2008, Swartz downloaded and released about 2.7 million federal court documents stored in the PACER (Public Access to

Court Electronic Records) database managed by the Administrative Office of the United States Courts, which are PUBLIC FILES, but ONLY ACCESSED THROUGH HIGHLY RESTRICTED FEES AND REGULATIONS!

2010: According to state and federal authorities, Swartz used JSTOR, a digital repository, to download a large number of academic journal articles through MIT’s computer network over the course of a few weeks in late 2010 and early 2011 AND RELEASED FREE PUBLIC ACCESS TO THEM!

2011: On July 11, 2011, Swartz was indicted by a federal grand jury on charges of wire fraud, computer fraud, unlawfully obtaining information from a protected computer and recklessly damaging a protected computer.

2012: On September 12, 2012, federal prosecutors filed a superseding indictment adding nine more felony counts, which increased Swartz’s maximum criminal exposure to 50 years of imprisonment and $1 million in fines.

PLEASE WATCH AND SHARE THIS FILM AS A DEDICATION TO THE LIFE AND WORK OF AARON SWARTZ. THANK YOU!