DISTRIBUTED DENIAL OF SERVICE ACTIONS ANDTHE CHALLENGE OF CIVIL DISOBEDIENCE ON THEINTERNET

ABSTRACT
This thesis examines the history, development, theory, and practice of distributed denialof service actions as a tactic of political activism. DDOS actions have been used inonline political activism since the early 1990s, though the tactic has recently attractedsignificant public attention with the actions of Anonymous and Operation Payback inDecember 2010. Guiding this work is the overarching question of how civildisobedience and disruptive activism can be practiced in the current online space. Theinternet acts as a vital arena of communication, self expression, and interpersonalorganizing. When there is a message to convey, words to get out, people to organize,many will turn to the internet as the zone of that activity. Online, people sign petitions,investigate stories and rumors, amplify links and videos, donate money, and show theirsupport for causes in a variety of ways. But as familiar and widely accepted activisttools—petitions, fundraisers, mass letter-writing, call-in campaigns and others—findequivalent practices in the online space, is there also room for the tactics of disruptionand civil disobedience that are equally familiar from the realm of street marches,occupations, and sit-ins? This thesis grounds activist DDOS historically, focusing onearly deployments of the tactic as well as modern instances to trace its developmentover time, both in theory and in practice. Through that examination, as well as tooldesign and development, participant identity, and state and corporate responses, thisthesis presents an account of the development and current state of activist DDOSactions. It ends by presenting an analytical framework for the analysis of activist DDOSactions.

#Flattr, #Secondhand & #ISBN & #Statistics

So I had a brief discussion via twitter last week while on a trip to the south of Germany and only recently was back near real internet.

In the discussion I raised a point that there should be a way to use flattr to benefit authors, publishers etc. in terms of access to the secondhand market. While going through the problems one would face in order to add a flattr button on a book I thought why not google a little and see what databases are already available to the public in order to allow authors to collect flattr’s prior to actually getting an account on the flattr website or prior to getting to adding a button to their novel or publication. Continue reading

The #flattr api and other products…

I am not quite sure I understand the api completely, but then again I am not a programmer. From what I understand though, I would like to propose the following:

  • Flarbon – A carbon flat rate, where fans can choose to buy carbon certificates and give them to someone in order to become carbon neutral.
  • Flaod – A food flat rate, where people buy rice and wheat and share it among NGOs and other help agencies.
  • Flaesent – A flat rate for presents. Where people get a random present or maybe even an item on their Amazon wish list or some such.

You can probably come up with your own product. Allthough I have to say that I find Flarbon probably is the most feasible at the moment. Anybody want to help me set it up?


Flattr this

With regards to #flattr & #authors & #bloggers

Flattr for those that do not know is a payment service of a unique kind. You share a fixed amount set by yourself between everybody you flattred during a running month. Flattr takes a 10% fee of the fixed amount, or 0.20$ for a donation for charitable causes etc.

As someone who has a plethora of books, novels, magazines quite a few of which are either 2nd or 3rd hand I think that flattr could help authors in a rather unique way. As it stands, currently authors usually do not earn any money from 2nd & 3rd hand sales of their works. If flattr got added to novel bibliophiles everywhere could still let their favourite authors know that they loved their books and appreciated their efforts.

When you follow this line of thought, quite a few things could be flattred DVDs, cds, designer clothing, but why stop there. While riding in the train a few days I had an idea to approach communities in Germany and ask them if they wanted money from guests and visitors to their city for free.

Just imagine visiting a piece of art (it could even be graffiti) and having a way of letting the artist know you appreciated their effort and skills.

Just imagine a well kept garden or park with a flattr qr button visible and accessabile to all allowing you to tip the groundskeeper or gardener. Or maybe a tshirt with a flattr qr code for staffers at events ? The sky is really the limit, seems strange that flattr seem to be the only people realising what a huge deal they actually are.

This is democratic appreciation. This is wonderful.

Let me know if I am completely off my box…