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Screening of “The Internet’s Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz” with director Brian Knappenberger
Friday, May 2, 2014 @ 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm EDT
Tickets required, with limited availability:
The Internet’s Own Boy follows 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.
The Internet’s Own Boy will be available in theaters and on Demand on July 27th.
Co-hosted by Participant Media, the MIT Center for Civic Media, MIT Open Doc Lab, and the Department of Comparative Media Studies/Writing