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New Aaron Swartz Documentary Continues His Crusade for Digital Freedom

“If there’s one takeaway from the documentary The Internet’s Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz, which debuted at the Sundance Film Festival last week, it’s the overwhelming sense of what could have been. Prior to his death a year ago this month, Aaron Swartz was facing federal hacking charges, but he was also a strong voice in political activism online. He cofounded Demand Progress. He helped stop SOPA. He warned people about government spying. And, as the film demonstrates, he was a young man with an uncanny ability to explain fantastically complex technological and political topics in layman’s terms — one of the best-equipped people to explain why the very laws used to indict him were so outdated.” (via Wired.com)

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National Endowment for the Humanities launches Created Equal

“Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle, a special initiative of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), was launched today to provide free access to documentary films highlighting some of the most dramatic events in recent American history. As America marks the anniversaries of the Emancipation Proclamation and the March on Washington in 2013, NEH is introducing a website making four outstanding NEH-supported documentaries about the civil rights movement available for use in communities and schools across the nation.” (via National Endowment for the Humanities)

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The move from paper to digital outlined in ‘Out of Print’ documentary

“Amazon only introduced the Kindle in 2007, but sometimes the literary world can already feel as if it exists entirely without the burden of print. New documentary, “Out of Print,” from one-time librarian and director Vivienne Roumani, tackles the questions that threaten traditional books following the digital revolution.Debuting at the Tribeca Film Festival last April although I caught it Tuesday at the Seattle International Film Festival, “Out of Print” clocks in at a brief 55 minutes in length, making it perfectly suited for television. That being said, it is certainly less appealing for an audience who’s paid any sort of attention to the news. While Roumani’s facts one in three American adults owns an ereader, and the like are certainly shocking, they’re not exactly revolutionary — most people are well aware that print is endangered, bookstores aren’t doing well and that teenagers love the Internet.” (via New York Daily News)

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New documentary debuts on Library of Congress

AP – “The world’s largest library is the subject of a new feature-length documentary set to premiere on C-SPAN. The production about the Library of Congress debuts Monday night. It follow’s C-SPAN’s similar documentaries about the Capitol, the White House and the Supreme Court.”

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