I just watched Killswitch, which covers the deeds of Internet hactivists Aaron Swartz and Edward Snowden. Incredibly, the film distills the major issues of our time into 74 minutes. It’s a “must-watch” for anyone who wants to better understand the relationship between an open Internet and democracy.
“The Internet is under attack. Free speech, innovation, and democracy are all up for grabs. Killswitch is about the battle for control over the Internet. Lawrence Lessig, Tim Wu and Peter Ludlow frame the story of two young hactivists, Aaron Swartz & 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?” ~ Akorn Entertainment
“This movie shows the harrowing costs that have been paid to preserve an open Internet. Aaron Swartz was driven to take his own life, and Edward Snowden had to flee his home and country.” ~ Congressman Alan Grayson