Saturday, July 05, 2014

The Internet's Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz

Absorbing, enlightening and moving.
A point about which does not come out clearly in the film or the review is in this article Aaron Swartz:a beautiful mind by Paul McGeough :
"In his attic meeting with McLean during the OPEN summit at Holmes, Swartz had sketched the contours of a new order, in which he envisaged corporate power being severely weakened and political parties replaced by internet-based people power. In contrast to efforts by activists such as Edward Snowden and Julian Assange, who sought to reduce state power that derived from secrecy, Swartz's objective was to build citizen power to counter that of governments and corporations. He revealed a grand design by which he envisaged artificial intelligence making activists such as himself and McLean redundant." 

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