I’m online most of the time. I work, read, entertain myself and communicate with friends and family online. I do all this in front of my screens at home, in hubs, parks, subs or any other places I end up going to on a normal day. I live around the Internet and there is nothing to fear about that.
Or is it?
Corporations, governments and individuals try to control the Internet and make it work for them. But, while I use it for general stuff and basically nothing evil (nothing evilish, because some people think Facebook is the devil - so we have that group), others want to use this vast network for spying, data collecting and all sort of things that are against our privacy rights. Killswitch tells the story of “the battle to control the Internet”, and it’s a story most of us are not aware of.
Do you know why this video is on Vimeo and not on Facebook or on YouTube? Everybody has an account there, wouldn''t it be easier to promote it? How can a little guy like Vimeo still survive? Ok, this is a bad example. Vimeo is not that little worldwide. They have more than 1.000.000 views per day, but in Romania we barely see cool stuff that go viral from Vimeo. Net neutrality helps the Internet remain a level playing field, which means that there are no advantages or disadvantages for any website or service, everything online is going to work the same no matter the carrier, for everyone. Imagine a world where big companies kill the little guy and make his actions less visible online. People all around the world are fighting so this doesn’t happen. We should all take action!
THE INTERNET IS UNDER ATTACK. FREE SPEECH, INNOVATION, AND DEMOCRACY ARE ALL UP FOR GRABS.
Synopsis: 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?
You can watch the documentary on a big screen, in Bucharest, at the One World Romania movie festival:
→ Saturday, 21st March, 8.00 PM, Cinema Studio
→ Sunday, 22nd March, 4:30 PM, Muzeul National al Taranului Roman
Access is 10 lei/ person. You can buy tickets online.