Aaron Swartz was both a hero of the Internet age and a victim of it.
On Jan. 12, 2013, Swartz, a developer of Reddit who had become an Internet folk hero with his commitment to make online content free to the public, hanged himself in his Brooklyn apartment. He was 26.
Swartz had been embroiled in a two-year legal battle with the federal government, which had brought multiple felony charges against him for allegedly hacking into computer systems.
Just a year after his death, writer Brian Knappenberger ("We Are Legion: The Story of the Hacktivists") premiered his documentary, "The Internet's Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz," at the Sundance Film...