Author Justin Peters and the tragic story of Internet activist Aaron Swartz

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Justin Peters and Justin Kaufmann

Author and Slate contributor Justin Peters joins Justin to discuss his new book, “The Idealist: Aaron Swartz and the Rise of Free Culture on the Internet.” They discuss the story of cyber-activist, computer programmer and local prodigy Aaron Swartz and how the federal government went after him for downloading copyrighted academic materials. It’s a fascinating conversation about Internet culture and the quest for online information. And as Justin Peters says, “The line between the government coming for Aaron Swartz and then coming for you is a lot more thin than you might want to believe.”

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