Sunday, January 26, 2014

"The Internet's Own Boy"/"The Rocket" (film)

Ashley Wells, Wisdom Quarterly; Amy Goodman at Sundance (
Amy Goodman
PARK CITY, Utah - A year after Internet freedom activist Aaron Swartz’s suicide at the age of 26, a film about this remarkable young man has premiered at the Sundance Film Festival.
The film, titled “The Internet’s Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz,” directed by Brian Knappenberger, follows the sadly short arc of Swartz’s life. A coalition of Internet activists, technologists, and policy experts are joining together on Feb. 11, 2014 for “The Day We Fight Back.”
As they say on their Website, reflecting on the victory against SOPA, “Today we face a different threat, one that undermines the Internet and the notion that any of us live in a genuinely free society: mass surveillance. If Aaron were alive, he’d be on the front lines." Listen
(EK) Harvard student downloads academic JSTOR articles and bam!
"The Rocket" (Laos) directed by Kim Mordaunt and starring Sitthiphon
Disamoe, Loungnam Kaosainam, Suthep Po-ngam (from Australia)
THE ROCKET: A boy who is believed to bring bad luck to everyone around him leads his family and two new friends through Buddhist Laos to find a new home. After a calamity-filled journey through a land scarred by the legacy of American war, to prove he's not bad luck, he builds a rocket to enter the most exciting and dangerous competition of the year: the Rocket Festival.

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