March 28: The Internet’s Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz

Posted: January 27, 2015 in Uncategorized

SAT MAR 28
Time TBA 

The Internet’s Own Boy
Location: London Public Library – 251 Dundas St. (Stevenson Hunt Room)
Sponsored by: Anonymous and Prisoners’ Justice Film Festival
Facebook: The Internets Own Boy:The Story of Aaron Swartz

The festival takes place on the lands of the Haudenosaunee, Anishinaabek, Huron-Wendat, and Attawandaron Peoples. All events are free (donations welcome), wheelchair accessible, and scent-reduced—please do not use or wear scented products, including essential oils.

The Internet’s Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz.

The story of programming prodigy and information activist Aaron Swartz. From Swartz’s help in the development of the basic internet protocol RSS to his co-founding of Reddit, his fingerprints are all over the internet. But it was Swartz’s groundbreaking work in social justice and political organizing combined with his aggressive approach to information access that ensnared him in a two year legal nightmare. It was a battle that ended with the taking of his own life at the age of 26. Aaron’s story touched a nerve with people far beyond the online communities in which he was a celebrity. This film is a personal story about what we lose when we are tone deaf about technology and its relationship to our civil liberties.

This screening will focus on the politicization of geek and hacker culture, and how it intersects with mental illness struggles.

Accessibility Info: The Central Library is fully wheelchair accessible.

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