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Remembering Aaron Swartz with action: watch new, unreleased footage from “Internet’s Own Boy”

Two years after the death of hacker, activist, and good human being Aaron Swartz, new video and a new way to bring life to his legacy of making the world a better place.

Today, “The Internet’s Own Boy” director Brian Knappenberger shares with Boing Boing this never-before-seen footage captured in the making of that film, which tells the story of Aaron’s life, his work, his loves, and the legal case that led to his death. The feature is shortlisted for an Academy Award.

This week in Los Angeles, I hosted a conversation about the making of the film, with Mr. Knappenberger.

You can watch our conversation here. Watch the entire film here.

The never-before-seen video is being released today in honor of Lessig’s “New Hampshire Rebellion,” which brings the life of Aaron’s legacy forward. Brian tells us:

“This weekend, two years to the day after his death, the world is still on fire with the issues that Aaron Swartz was fighting for. This weekend is also the beginning of the Aaron-inspired New Hampshire Rebellion walk lead by Larry Lessig demanding an end to the culture of corruption in Washington.

“I wanted to release these extra clips from the interviews I conducted for The Internet’s Own Boy to thank everyone involved with the film and to all the audiences around the world who have been so supportive and have responded so powerfully to Aaron’s story.

“For those following Aaron’s legal case, yesterday also brought news that theWhite House has refused to take action on a petition to remove those responsible for its appalling overreach.

“It has never been more clear for those concerned about the issues Aaron cared about – ending corruption, increasing transparency in government, understanding civil liberties and equality in an increasingly networked world and reforming a very broken criminal justice system – that justice still has a long road ahead.”

Petition (and White House response): “Remove United States District Attorney Carmen Ortiz from office for overreach in the case of Aaron Swartz.”

Action: “Join the New Hampshire Rebellion!” Politicians will do anything to avoid embarrassing questions about how money corrupts politics, but Lessig and friends are walking accross New Hampshire to remind them they can’t dodge them forever.2 years ago: “RIP, Aaron Swartz.”

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Why Education and Why Pakistan


Education is a universal right for which we share a global responsibility. Pakistan has the third highest out of school population in the world with five million children failing to enroll.

Despite the increase in access to education, nearly half of Pakistani children drop out of school before the age of 16. Currently, some 25 million children or one of three have not completed primary education. Girls drop out at twice the rate of boys, lowering female literacy rates in some areas to a mere 8%. With 60% of Pakistan’s population living on less than $1 a day, a meaningful education is the only viable pathway to socio-economic empowerment. Each additional year of schooling increases an individual’s earning by 10%.

Girls who complete primary education are less likely to get married before 18 or become victims of domestic abuse, and have fewer children. Also the child of an educated mother is 50% more likely to live past the age of 5.


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