Re: DOES CIVIL DISOBEDIENCE have a place in cyberspace?

From Legba Carrefour <>
Date Mon, 17 Jan 2000 20:59:16 -0500

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Absolutely. Civil Disobedience has a place on the internet just as much
as in meatspace. There really isn't much of a difference between
protesting in either locale.

I think that launching DoS attacks can be construed as a serious attempt
at a civil disobedience protest. running a script that allows a group of
protesters to overload a web server is no different from a civil-rights
sit in. Both are illegal, but both, at their lowest level, are
non-violent. Both are often accused of being misdirected and doing
nothing more than bringing further oppression, but meatspace sit-ins
have worked thus far, so why not ones in cyberspace.

Where I woulddraw the line is reaching into full-on violence. Bombing an
abortion clinic is NOT a kosher form of protest with me. I don't see why
breaking into the page of a neo-nazi and defacing it is really any

I think however that the field is wide open. There might come a time
where internet attacks are part of any full scale violent revolution.
And are all violent revolutions wrong? That's something that's up to the
personal ideological views of each and every person...

Legba Carrefour

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