WHEN: Monday, October 19, 2020 – 6 PM EST | WHERE: Zoom
In celebration of Open Access Week (October 19-25), we will again host for the second year in a row a screening of “The Internet’s Own Boy”. In lieu of our physical tabling events last fall, this year the virtual version will feature a panel of University of Georgia School of Law faculty on October 19th at 6 PM in Zoom. The panel will provide greater context for the film, talk about what open access is, how it relates to open educational resources, and the legal implications of digital and information activism. Following the live panel, synchronous discussion will be encouraged to continue in chat while the documentary is streamed virtually. For those that cannot attend the live event, we encourage you to register below to receive a link to the recorded panel video and a link to watch the film on your own time. In the spirit of Open Access, the film itself is rights free!
The film, “The Internet’s Own Boy”, is the 2014 documentary chronicling Aaron Swartz’s life and legacy — from his work on RSS, Reddit, and Creative Commons to his prosecution for downloading millions of scholarly files. Since taking his own life in early 2013 while faced with a possible 35 years in prison for hacking charges, Swartz’s prosecution has been the cause célèbre of many digital activists. His fingerprints are all over the internet! Though 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. This personal and tragic story is about what we lose when we are tone deaf to technology and its relationship with our civil liberties.
About the panelists:
Thomas E. Kadri is an Assistant Professor of Law at UGA School of Law and Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication. His research and courses focus on torts, cybercrime, privacy and how law regulates technology.
Jean Goetz Mangan is a Legal Writing Instructor at UGA School of Law. She teaches legal writing, advanced writing seminar and criminal drafting, and recently published a CC licensed OER work through a UGA Affordable Materials Course Grant.
Stephen M. Wolfson is the Research and Copyright Services Librarian at UGA School of Law. He serves as the law library’s contact for issues relating to copyright, scholarly communication, and research-related information policy matters, teaches legal research, and courses exploring the intersection of law and technology in the information age.
WATCH THE TRAILER: