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Author Sauter, Molly.

Title The Coming Swarm : DDOS Actions, Hacktivism, and Civil Disobedience on the Internet
Published New York : Bloomsbury Publishing, 2014
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Description 1 online resource (193 pages)
Contents Title Page; Additional Praise for the Coming Swarm; Copyright Page; Contents; Acknowledgments; Foreword by ETHAN ZUCKERMAN ; Introduction: Searching for the digital street; The structure of this work; Technical note; Legal note; Notes; Chapter 1 DDoS and Civil Disobedience in historical context; Silence and disruption in the time of constant comment; "Full and free discussion even of ideas we hate"; Notes; Chapter 2 Blockades and blockages: DDoS as direct action; Functional metaphors of geography and physicality; Shouting down your opponent: The censorship critique
Chapter 5 Identity, anonymity, and responsibility: DDoS and the personalDDoS and impure dissent; Identity, anonymity, and responsibility within protest; Accessibility in technologically defined tactical spaces; Notes; Chapter 6 LOIC will tear us apart: DDoS tool development and design; The Electronic Disturbance Theater and FloodNet; Anonymous, Operation Payback and LOIC; A forked comparison: abatishchev and NewEraCracker; Changes in the technology; Notes; Chapter 7 Against the man: State and corporate responses to DDoS actions; Terrorism accusations and the CFAA
GCHQ's rolling thunder and the (re)militarization of the internetThe internet as melded commercial/military space; The avatar nature of online brand presence; Notes; Conclusion: The future of DDoS; Note; Index; Biographies; Foreword by
The Euskal Herria Journal and the IGCThe "Deportation class" action; Notes; Chapter 3 Which way to the #press channel? DDoS as media manipulation; Terrorist, hacker, artist, nuisance: The many media reflections of the EDT; Allies in the toywar; Anonymous and the media: Manipulation, entertainment, and readymades; Shadows in the monitor:The CAE's symbolic dissent critique; What does winning look like?; Notes; Chapter 4 Show me what an activist looks like: DDoS as a method of biographical impact; The culture of the Hive; Anonymous' hacker identity; Notes
Summary 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,
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Civil disobedience.
Cyberspace -- Political aspects.
Denial of service attacks -- Political aspects.
Internet -- Political aspects.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 1628921536 (electronic bk.)
9781628921533 (electronic bk.)