Law Library Open Access Panel & Film Screening: The Internet's Own Boy

Monday, October 19, 2020 - 6:00pm to 8:30pm

In celebration of Open Access Week (October 19-25), the law library will host a panel of University of Georgia School of Law faculty to provide greater context for the film, what open access is, how it relates to open educational resources, and legal implications of digital and information activism. Following the live panel, synchronous discussion will be encouraged to continue in chat while the documentary is streamed virtually. For those that cannot attend the live event, we encourage you to register below to receive a link to the recorded panel video and a link to watch the film on your own time. In the spirit of Open Access, the film itself is rights free!

About the film:
Since taking his own life in early 2013 while faced with a possible 35 years in prison for hacking charges, Aaron Swartz’s prosecution has been the cause célèbre of many digital activists. "The Internet’s Own Boy" is a 2014 documentary chronicling Swartz’s life and legacy — from his work on RSS, Reddit, and Creative Commons to his prosecution for downloading millions of scholarly files. This film is a personal story about what we lose when we are tone deaf about technology and its relationship to our civil liberties. Watch a trailer for this film.

About the panelists:

  • Thomas E. Kadri is an Assistant Professor of Law at UGA School of Law and Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication. His research and courses focus on torts, cybercrime, privacy and how law regulates technology.
  • Jean Goetz Mangan is a Legal Writing Instructor at UGA School of Law. She teaches legal writing, advanced writing seminar and criminal drafting, and recently published a CC licensed OER work through a UGA Affordable Materials Course Grant.
  • Stephen M. Wolfson is the Research and Copyright Services Librarian at UGA School of Law. He serves as the law library’s contact for issues relating to copyright, scholarly communication, and research-related information policy matters, teaches legal research, and courses exploring the intersection of law and technology in the information age.
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