Film Spark Volume II: The Internet's Own Boy
The Internet's Own Boy, a 2014 Sundance Film Festival favorite, still packs such a punch that we recently selected it for our STEM Film Spark series. The film is about Aaron Swartz, known and respected by many as a "hacktivist" who dedicated his life to using the internet for good – from designing the predecessor to Wikipedia as a child, to copyright policymaking by the age of twelve, and fighting for public access to information until his early death. Though it is hard not to come away from this film without a deep sense of loss and a feeling like as a society we failed Aaron, the film reminds us of how influential Swartz's work was, how relevant and educational it still is, and how his passionate effort should never be taken for granted.
Watch the trailer and stream the film by clicking the image above.