The Internet’s Own Boy:
A Video Case Study

Grades: College & Post-Graduate
Subject Area: Legal Ethics, Criminal Justice
Made Possible By: Participant Media

Based on The Internet’s Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz, a documentary written, directed, and produced by Brian Knappenberger, this video case study combines online clips from the film with hyperlinked legal documents and discussion topics to help educators use the prosecution of this digital rights activist to spark debate about the ethics of our criminal justice system. The film can be purchased at

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