Law Library Film Screening: The Internet's Own Boy

Friday, October 25, 2019 - 3:00pm to 4:30pm
Classroom L (366), Hirsch Hall

To celebrate International Open Access Week (October 21-27) with the theme of “Open for Whom? Equity in Open Knowledge” UGA Law Library will screen The Internet's Own Boy.


Copyright and Research Services Law Librarian Stephen Wolfson will introduce the film to give context for it in light of Open Access Week.

More about the film: 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. Watch the trailer:

More about Open Access Week: Visit The official twitter hashtag for the week is #OAWeek, and we encourage those having discussions around this year’s theme in the leadup to the week to use the hashtag #OpenForWhom.


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