Author(s): Molly Sauter
What is Hacktivism? In The Coming Swarm, rising star Molly Sauter examines the history, development, theory, and practice of distributed denial of service actions as a tactic of political activism. The internet is a vital arena of communication, self expression, and interpersonal organizing. When there is a message to convey, words to get out, or people to unify, many will turn to the internet as a theater for that activity. As familiar and widely accepted activist tools-petitions, fundraisers, mass letter-writing, call-in campaigns and others-find equivalent practices in the online space, is there also room for the tactics of disruption and civil disobedience that are equally familiar from the realm of street marches, occupations, and sit-ins? With a historically grounded analysis, and a focus on early deployments of activist DDOS as well as modern instances to trace its development over time, The Coming Swarm uses activist DDOS actions as the foundation of a larger analysis of the practice of disruptive civil disobedience on the internet.
This book examines the theory, practice, history, and ethics of civil disobedience on the internet through a study of activist distributed denial of service actions (DDOS).
Molly Sauter is a PhD student in Communication Studies at McGill University in Montreal, Canada. She holds a Master's in Science from MIT, USA, in Comparative Media Studies.
Acknowledgments Foreword by Ethan Zuckerman Introduction: Searching for the Digital Street CHAPTER 1: DDoS AND CIVIL DISOBEDIENCE IN HISTORICAL CONTEXT CHAPTER 2: BLOCKADES AND BLOCKAGES: DDoS AS DIRECT ACTION CHAPTER 3: WHICH WAY TO THE #PRESS CHANNEL? DDoS AS MEDIA MANIPULATION CHAPTER 4: SHOW ME WHAT AN ACTIVIST LOOKS LIKE: DDoS AS A METHOD OF BIOGRAPHICAL IMPACT CHAPTER 5: IDENTITY, ANONYMITY, AND RESPONSIBILITY CHAPTER 6: LOIC WILL TEAR US APART: DDoS TOOL DEVELOPMENT AND DESIGN CHAPTER 7: AGAINST THE MAN: STATE AND CORPORATE RESPONSES TO DDoS ACTIONS CONCLUSION: THE FUTURE OF DDOS Bibliography Index