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The Internet’s Own Boy: A Discussion of U.S. v. Aaron Swartz and the Prosecution and Defense of Cyber-Crime


Elliot Peters defended brilliant software engineer and Internet activist Aaron Swartz from federal criminal allegations surrounding computer hacking. Mr. Swartz was indicted in Boston on criminal charges that he stole more than four million documents from MIT and JSTOR, an archive of scientific journals and academic papers. The case ended tragically, when Mr. Swartz took his own life. The panel will focus on the case and the film, The Internet’s Own Boy, which chronicled Mr. Swartz's incredible impact on technology, social justice and political organizing.  


  • Brian Knappenbarger, Filmmaker and Director of the Internet’s Own Boy
  • Elliot Peters, Partner, Keker & Van Nest
  • Eric Vandevelde, Of Counsel, Gibson Dunn & Crutcher
  • Laurie Levenson, Professor of Law
  • David W. Burcham Chair of Ethical Advocacy, Loyola Law School
  • James Aquilina, Managing Director, Stroz Friedberg (Moderator)