Humanities Institute

Controversy & Conversation Film Screening: "Killswitch"

Thu, October 5, 2017 | APL Terrazas Branch, 1105 East Cesar Street, Austin, TX, 78702

6:30 PM - 8:45 PM


Is the Internet under attack? Is free speech, innovation, and democracy up for grabs? In KILLSWITCH: THE BATTLE TO CONTROL THE INTERNET, Lawrence Lessig, Tim Wu and Peter Ludlow frame the story of two young hactivists, Aaron Swartz and Edward Snowden, who symbolize the disruptive and dynamic nature of the Internet. Their lives parallel one another as they free information to millions on the Internet, putting them directly in the cross-hairs of the most powerful interests in the world. Will this be a cautionary tale of what happens when you dare to take on elite power structures? Or will it be the spark that ignites a revolution that will redefine democracy in the digital age?

Watch the trailer for KILLSWITCH here

Join us on for a reception at 6:30pm. The screening will begin at 7pm, to be followed by a brief conversation Kevin Welch, President of the Electronic Frontier Foundation-Austin and Dr. Philip Doty, Associate Professor in the UT-Austin School of Information and Associate Director of the Technology and Information Policy Institute.

Read and comment on our blog post on KILLSWITCH, hacktivism and whistleblowing, contributed by Amanda Jackson-Spitzer of EFF-Austin.

Controversy & Conversation is a collaboration between the Difficult Dialogues Program and the Austin Public Library.

Please join us for these upcoming film screenings, on the first Thursday of every month.  All screenings are free and open to the public.


Sponsored by: The Humanities Institute

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