RT America -- May 6, 2014
An important announcement came from the House Judiciary Committee this week, which pledged to advance NSA reform legislation known as the USA Freedom Act. Privacy advocates have praised the legislation as a good first step toward reining in the spy agency. It includes provisions that would put an end to the NSA's call records program -- and limit the NSA's ability to search its own databases for American's communications. But there's a reason why NSA reformers shouldn't celebrate just yet. RT's Sam Sacks reports.
Filmmaker Brian Knappenberger is preparing to release a feature-length documentary on hacktivist Aaron Swartz. "The Internet's Own Boy" examines the life of Swartz and the pressures that resulted in his suicide after facing federal charges for downloading millions of academic articles from a Massachusetts Institute of Technology computer. Swartz has been credited with being an integral figure in the development of the internet during the last decade and a half, and is attributed with helping develop the web feed format RSS, the Creative Commons organization and the website Reddit. RT's Ameera David spoke with Knappenberger, who hopes his film with lead to reforms of the laws the government used to charge Swartz.