On August 10, we , along with Restore the Fourth SF Bay Area, Code Pink, Media Alliance, and the SF 99% Coalition, sponsored a meeting to fight surveillance. During that meeting, a free screening of the wonderful Aaron Swartz documentary, The Internet’s Own Boy was provided (along with popcorn).
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. We encourage you to watch this moving story and take action to protect our civil liberties.