To all the people in America, it is very important to most if not all of us to have our first amendment rights, be it speech, religion, or protest. Something to consider is the fact that the people who created these documents stating our rights never could have foreseen the computer and Internet revolution, and thus there is nothing written in it stating our rights in the cyber-subculture that is the Internet. And, when people do try to amend the constitution or make laws for the „better“ of the Internet, they are done be politicians that are either one of the following; ignorant of how the Internet works, unsympathetic towards the people who make their lives here, or blatantly against the change that the web provides.
The constitution state about the right of protest as „the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.“ In the past that has always meant you must uproot yourself and go either across town or more likely across the nation to reach these pivotal spots where people meet and show their distress as a collective. But, something new has happened. With the recent revenge by Anonymous for the repression of Wikileaks and its founder Julian Assange on Paypal, Visa, Mastercard, etc. etc. etc. people have come across something very interesting. They use a tool called LOIC that uses Distributed Denial of Service attacks to shut down access to websites they believe are taking away the right of information by these companies or websites. First you must understand this one fact, DDoS attacks in no way harm computers, damage the server, harm a person, remove a persons rights, or cause a disturbance of the peace. All they do is take up the bandwidth and restrict peoples ability to use the services provided by a website. In a way it acts very similarly to the sit ins from the civil rights movement, these people both just occupy the space to make a point and cause no physical damage to anyone or thing. So the fact that they do not cause damage or loss of rights would to most people be classified as peaceful protest against a government or group that has committed something that is ethically in question. It is also important to remember that this wasn’t just a small group of people, there were on the upwards of 30,000 downloads of LOIC.
In conclusion, I believe that it is actually a first amendment right of the people to be able to bring protesting to the Internet, it is a logical and effective way to be able to protest the wrong doings of the government and industries without having to go on a trek. So, is it actually our legal RIGHT to DDoS in mass protest against large entities?
– Terrorbyte PLF Media Coordinator