The Coming Swarm DDOS Actions, Hacktivism, and Civil Disobedience on the Internet

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 10/23/2014
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
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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.

Author Biography

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.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Working Back from Wikileaks
DDOS and Civil Disobedience
Theories and Models of Practice
A Comparative Analysis of DDOS Tool Design
Participant Identity in Context
State and Corporate Responses
Ethical DDOS Actions
Conclusion: The Future of DDOS

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