Tonight at 6:30 p.m. at Kakaako Agora, a screening of ‘The Internet’s Own Boy.’ Then on Saturday, there will be a discussion of the film and a workshop on open knowledge.
“We will brainstorm action plans and prototype tactics to liberate more open government data,” notes the event’s organizers, “Bring your creativity and appetite.”
If you RSVP for the Saturday event, which will run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., lunch will be provided.
‘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.