November 20, 2014 | Mark Wrangham in Sheffield Blog  | Comments (0)

Film Screening: 3 December - The Internet's Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz

Join us at Eten café at 7pm on 3 December where we're showing 'The Internet's Own Boy' depicting the life of internet activist, writer, political organiser and computer programmer Aaron Swartz. The film will be screened upstairs in the Eten loft - a purpose built film screening room with licenced bar. The Eten cafe bistro menu is also available.


7pm on Wednesday 3 December

Everyone welcome

FILM SCREENING

THE INTERNET'S OWN BOY – THE STORY OF AARON SWARTZ

 

Eten café – 2-4 York St, Sheffield. S1 2ER

Bar and Bistro menu available – Last orders for food at 8pm

 

Free entry – RSVP at: http://www.meetup.com/ORG-Sheffield/events/218743238/

 

The Internet's Own Boy depicts the life of American computer programmer, writer, political organizer and Internet activist Aaron Swartz. The film tells his story up to his eventual suicide after a legal battle, and explores the questions of access to information and civil liberties that drove his work.

Aaron co-authored many of the technologies that we take for granted on the internet today. From RSS to Redit and the Internet Archives to creative commons. He also founded 'Demand Progress' a campaign that was instrumental to the blocking of US censorship bills SOPA and PIPA.

In 2011, Swartz was accused of downloading millions of academic articles from the online archive JSTOR, allegedly without "authorization" even though his access to JSTOR through MIT's open network was authorized by JSTOR's contract with MIT. He faced 13 felony counts of hacking and wire fraud, including some under the draconian Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA). After two years of fighting the charges, Swartz tragically took his own life in January 2013.

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