NDSA partners with UM Library to host film screening of The Internet’s Own Boy

NDSA is proud to announce that it has teamed up the University of Michigan Library and the Sundance Institute to host a special film screening of the documentary The Internet’s Own Boy. The film chronicles the story of programming prodigy and information-access activist Aaron Swartz, who forever left his imprint on the Internet with his development of the basic Internet protocol RSS, his co-founding of Reddit, and his open-access activism, which eventually ensnared him in a two-year legal battle that ended with his taking his life.

The documentary is a personal story that shines a light on what we lose when we are tone deaf to technology and its relationship to our civil liberties.

The film screening will take place June 19 at pm in the Purdy-Kresge Library on Wayne State’s campus.

After the screening, there will be a panel discussion with the filmmakers, Razan El Ghalayini and Brian Knappenberger.

This film screening is part of the program Film Forward, which is a touring program that introduces a new generation of audiences to the power of story through the exhibition of film and conversations with filmmakers to create greater cultural awareness. Sundance Film Forward is an initiative of Sundance Institute and the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities in partnership with the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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Veronica Grandison is a freelance writer and online project manager. She writes about music and entertainment for various local Detroit publications.

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