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special movie showing - The Internet's Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz

There will be a special screening of "The Internet's Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz" before February's PLUG east side meeting at 17:00 on 2015Feb12.

According to Wikipedia, Aaron Swartz "was an American computer programmer, entrepreneur, writer, political organizer and Internet hacktivist who was involved in the development of the web feed format RSS and the Markdown publishing format, the organization Creative Commons, the website framework and the social news site, Reddit, in which he became a partner after its merger with his company, Infogami. He committed suicide while under federal indictment for data-theft, a prosecution that was characterized by his family as being \"the product of a criminal-justice system rife with intimidation and prosecutorial overreach\"".

"The Internet's Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz" is a documentary about the life of Aaron, his technical achievements and his work in social justice and political organization.


Official site:

The EFF has a good article on Aaron and the movie.

See Lawrence Lessig's keynote from last year's SCaLE for an example of what Aaron was able to inspire.

The movie is licensed Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License, so we can show it.

It's also available for download, rent and purchase.

The film features interviews with Tim Berners-Lee, Cindy Cohn (EFF), Gabriella Coleman, Cory Doctorow, Peter Eckersley (EFF), Lawrence Lessig, Reprasentative Zoe Lofgren, Tim O'Reilly and other people we should know more about.

See the full cast list on IMDB.

Our regular meeting will take place after the movie at 19:00. Our topics will be Elasticsearch and Salt Stack.