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The Coming Swarm: DDOS Actions, Hacktivism, and Civil Disobedience on the Internet
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  • Title The Coming Swarm: DDOS Actions, Hacktivism, and Civil Disobedience on the Internet
  • Author(s) Molly Sauter
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic (October 23, 2014); eBook (Creative Commons Licensed)
  • License(s): CC BY-NC 3.0
  • Paperback 192 pages
  • eBook PDF (193 pages) and Read online (PDF Files).
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: 1623564565
  • ISBN-13: 978-1623564568
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Book Description

In The Coming Swarm, rising star Molly Sauter examines the history, development, theory, and practice of Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) 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.

About the Authors
  • Molly Sauter is a PhD student in Communication Studies at McGill University in Montreal, Canada. She holds a masters degree in Comparative Media Studies from MIT, and is an affiliate researcher at the MIT Center for Civic Media at the MIT Media Lab and at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University.
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