In addition to the normal pay per view streaming on vimeo (https://vimeo.com/ondemand/internetsownboy/94238859), this film was also offered at an increased price under CC-By-NC-SA. I purchased a freely licensed copy and have placed it on archive.org allowing anyone to learn from it, share it with others, or build new works out of it without risk of prosecution and without going through US-only paywall.
The official site for the film is at http://www.takepart.com/internets-own-boy and the there is a Wikipedia article at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Internet%27s_Own_Boy:_The_S...
WEIS 2014: Experimental Measurement of Attitudes Regarding Cybercrime
> "Online activists appear to be treated much more harshly by
prosecutors than equivalent street protesters; meanwhile online
fraudsters are often treated more leniently than the traditional
variety. Over two thousand mTurkers participated in six different
between-subjects experiments to assess the seriousness or cybercrimes by
type of data (directory vs medical info), scope 10 to 1,000,000 records)
motivation (student, activist, profiteer) financial consequences,
co-responsibility and whether the victim was a firm, a nonprofit or a
government agency. Respondents saw more records as more sensitive than
less; profiteers as much worse than students or activists; more
expensive cases as more serious; that firms were less liable if servers
were patched (but that the data were more sensitive in that case). In
summary, participants recommend harsher sentences when cybercrimes
involve more or more sensitive data, have costlier consequences, or are
motivated by profit. This is much more rational than the reported
behaviour of some prosecutors and judges."
The first half of the piece is a bit of a confessional/elegy- personal, poignant, and a bit heartrending, especially for those who knew Aaron. The second half turns decidedly more polemic, but feels all the more important for the HN crowd (or anyone thinking about the future and the society we live in).
Aaron's death was tragic, yes, but it happened within a much (much) larger context of what feels like a waning in social justice and personal freedom around the world.
I've certainly been thinking a lot harder about it in the past year, and I hope others are as well.
(I am technically one of the "executive producers" but I don't make any money from it.)
Would love to support this film/work.