Before his untimely death at the age of 26, Aaron Swartz made a tremendous impact on the Internet as we know it. On Tuesday, October 27 at 6pm in the Stanley A. Milner Library Theatre EPL and MacEwan University Libraries will be showing The Internet’s Own Boy, which tells the story of Aaron’s life as both a computer programming prodigy and political activist.
Following the film, Dr. Michael McNally, Assistant Professor at the School of Library and Information Studies, University of Alberta, will facilitate a brief discussion.
The event will cap off Open Access Week, which is happening now. “Open Access” to information – the free, immediate, online access to the results of scholarly research, and the right to use and re-use those results as you need – has the power to transform the way research and scientific inquiry are conducted. It has direct and widespread implications for academia, medicine, science, industry, and for society as a whole.
There are many Open Access events around Edmonton and around the world this year, but this film event is one of the few taking place at a public library. That a public library is co-hosting the story of the young technological savant Aaron Swartz’ activism and philosophy emphasizes that it is more than just scholars who can benefit from open access to scholarly publications. The broader public benefits as well. Pay walls blocking the wide dissemination of academic research pose a limitation on intellectually curious and motivated members of the public who face financial or social barriers to higher education.
Note: This event conflicts with PLG Edmonton’s regularly scheduled monthly meeting. To encourage PLG members to attend this film event en masse, the meeting has been rescheduled. Stay tuned for the new meeting time.