The 21st century marked the incredible rise of the internet. This rise has taken an astonishing speed, surpassing the ability of societal systems to catch up. Copyright rules, fair share, privacy, and the availability of information have become concerns to many of us. With two polar sides pulling away from each other, one can only imagine that a burst is bound to happen.
The beginning of this rupture is clearly outlined in the documentary “The Internet’s Own Boy,” the story of a genius who believed that information is an ingredient of our civil liberties, and denying access to scholarly materials is a breach of those rights. As a developer of RSS at the age of fourteen, and as a cofounder of Reddit, Aaron Swartz gained an irreplaceable spot in the tech industry.
This documentary highlights his life and puts a magnifier on outdated laws that need to be re-examined and adjusted. It also raises the question of whether scholarly information should be available to everyone, or only to those who are able to pay for it. These issues are very important to your future as a member of society. I urge you to watch this documentary; it is both illuminating and touching. And do not hesitate to join the conversation and play a role in making positive changes to our communities.
Here’s a link to the movie: