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The Internet’s own boy: the story of Aaron Swartz

Hosted by the Consul of the Paris Joie de Vivre Group
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Took place 2 months ago
Tue 23 Oct 17:30 - 19:30

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Film starts at 18H.
In ENGLISH only, no subtitles.
Duration of documentary :1H45 minutes

In order to mark the international week of free access, CeRIS (Le Centre de ressources en information scientifique) invites you to discover this documentary film which retraces the history and the combats of Aaron Swartz ( Protected content ) produced by Brian Knappenberger in Protected content .
A gifted computer scientist, writer, and information activist, he was a staunch supporter of digital freedom. His aspiration: "to make this world better through law, politics and technology".
This Chicago boy is only 13 when a contest permitted him to enter into MIT. His early career is primarily that of a programmer. At 14, he played a decisive role in the creation of RSS feeds. Lawrence Lessig, a law professor, pondering a new way of defining copyright on the Internet and allowing authors to change their rights. Aaron Swartz is 15 when he created the technical specifications for the Creative Commons licenses.

It was his groundbreaking work on issues of social justice and political organization, as well as his uncompromising approach to access to information for all, that dragged him in a two-year legal nightmare.

He committed suicide in January Protected content , at the age of 26, two months before a trial where he was facing 35 years in prison and a million dollars in fines. He was sued by MIT for copying 4.8 million articles on JSTOR, in order to make it accessible to the general public.

This documentary is for everyone because it questions digital freedom. It is about how everyone shapes the world by defining ways of sharing knowledge and accessing knowledge.

See you then!