Screening of “The Internet’s Own Boy” (2014) Q&A with Gabriella Coleman
When: Thursday July 10th 2014 6pm
Where: Seminar Room CTVR Dunlop Oriel House, Corner of Fenian Street and Westland Row.
The Internet’s Own Boy (2014) In life, Aaron Swartz was a force in creating today’s Web, helping write game-changing code in his early teens before turning his attentions to Internet activism. In death – an apparent suicide that came as he faced federal charges that could have sent him to prison for decades – he became a martyr of sorts, a champion for a new generation of believers that the Web, and the information on it, deserve to be free. Swartz’ story is now the subject of a documentary film.“The Internet’s Own Boy” is a tale that merges a captivating life story with a look at some of the most important legal, social and ethical issues of the digital age.
Gabriella Coleman Gabriella (Biella) Coleman holds the Wolfe Chair in Scientific and Technological Literacy at McGill University. Trained as a cultural anthropologist, she researches, writes, and teaches on computer hackers and digital activism. Her first book on Free Software, “Coding Freedom: The Ethics and Aesthetics of Hacking” has been published with Princeton University Press. She is currently working on a new book on Anonymous: Hacker, Hoaxer, Whistleblower, Spy: From 4chan Lolcats to Anonymous Everywhere for Verso. She has given numerous talks on hackers, digital activism, open source production and intellectual property law.