FREE FILM AND DISCUSSION SERIES
UNIVERSITY OF OTTAWA
Saturday, February 10, 2018, 7:00 p.m.
Lamoureux Hall, University of Ottawa. room 339
The film depicts the life of American computer programmer, writer, political organizer, and Internet activist Aaron Swartz. Footage of Swartz as a child is featured at the start and end of the film. The film is narrated by figures from Swartz’s life, including his mother, brothers, and girlfriends.
Aaron Swartz was a digital pioneer, using internet and computer and tech savvy in activism to very powerful effect. He believed the public needed and deserved access to good information as a right and to support a healthy society, and found a quasi-legal method to download vast amounts of research studies and papers to make them free and accessible on the web. He was given an unconscionably long sentence for doing this, some say to make an example out of him, and it was reported that he committed suicide before he did his sentence. Some say that his example of how powerful individual people could be to change the system by innovating positive technologies put up red flags for the wrong people, who made sure he got dealt with, and they have tried to put genie back in the bottle. But his story lives on, a story of tragedy, but also of hope, and the generosity of time, love, and spirit to try to give back something to the world and make a positive difference with the gifts he was given.
Cinema Academica hosts film screenings during the academic year at the University of Ottawa on various social, political and economic issues in order to increase social consciousness and encourage activism in the community. All films are completely free of charge. All films are followed by discussion.
For more information:cinemaacademica.ca
Parking: There is limited metered parking on campus on Séraphin-Marion (the continuation of Wilbrod west of Cumberland) and in the adjacent lot east of Tabaret Hall, and also on Louis Pasteur, between MacDonald Hall and Gendron Hall. The meters are enforced 24/7. There is also a pay-and-display lot beside Simard Hall. The best bet is on nearby streets in Sandy Hill, e.g., Henderson, where there are signs for 2 or 3 hour parking up to 7:00 p.m., unrestricted after 7:00.