“The Internet’s Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz” – Jun 29th
Join the Boston Sunday Night Film Club this Sunday, Jun 29th at 5:15p for The Internet’s Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz at the Somerville Theatre . Look for Sean wearing a nametag in the theatre lobby about 15 minutes before the film. As always, after the film we will descend on a local establishment for dinner/drinks/discussion. The Internets Own Boy follows the story of programming prodigy and information activist Aaron Swartz. From Swartzs 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 Swartzs 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. Aarons 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.