“The Internet’s Own Boy: The story of Aaron Swartz”

13 Nov 2014

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London, United Kingdom


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PASSION FOR FREEDOM FESTIVAL “The Internet’s Own Boy: The story of Aaron Swartz” Film Screening followed by Panel Discussion and skype conference with the director, Brian Knappenberger.


Brian Knappenberger is a documentary film maker and director of We Are Legion: The Story of the Hacktivists.  It is about the workings and beliefs of the self-described hacktivist collective Anonymous.

In June 2014 he released his  latest The Internet’s Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz. The film follows internet activist and programming pioneer Aaron Swartz from his teenage emergence on the internet scene and involvement in RSS and Reddit, to his increased interest in political advocacy and the controversial actions he allegedly took in downloading nearly four million academic articles from the online service JSTOR.

"The Internet's Own Boy follows the story of programming prodigy and information activist Aaron Swartz. From Swartz's help in the development ofthe basic internet protocol RSS to his co-founding of Reddit, his fingerprints are all over the internet. But 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."


The annual festival is a rare collection of works of "courageous artists" who have answered three pivotal questions:


·      What is freedom?

·      How easy is it to lose it?

·      How difficult is it to get it back?


This year at the festival there will be collection of 15 films, 10 books, 10 journalists and 51 artworks from all over the world: Peru, Venezuela, Iran, Israel, Syria, Taiwan, China, South Korea, Ukraine, Poland, Germany, Belgium, The Netherlands, France, Spain, Italy, Greece, United Kingdom, USA & Australia. The youngest artist is 18 years old, the oldest – 64.

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