ricardo dominguez on Mon, 15 Apr 2002 13:17:02 +0200 (CEST)

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[Nettime-bold] An online protest again Israeli military action in the West Bank

the electrohippie collective - http://www.fraw.org.uk/ehippies/

O N L I N E    P R O T E S T   A C T I O N    N O T I F I C A T I O N

        15th April 2002  -- 00.00GMT


 An online protest again Israeli military action in the West Bank


Target systems - 

Any information or messaging service used by the core of 
he Israeli government that is attached to the Internet.

In response to requests for an action to respond to the recent 
Israeli military incursions into the major settlements of the 
West Bank, the  electrohippie collective are mounting an 
online 'electronic civil disobedience action' against the 
information systems of the Israeli government. This action 
begins at 00.00GMT 15-4-02, and as yet has no end 

The action is specifically aimed at the role of Ariel Sharon 
in the current conflict. Not only in his current role as Israeli 
Prime Minister. But also for his role in provoking violence as 
a means of weakening the previous Israeli government, 
and earlier still his alleged implication in war crimes as 
part of the Sabra and Shatila refugee camp massacres in 
1982. It does not seek to apportion blame for the current 
problems in the area, but highlights the need to remove
 the Israeli military from the West Bank as an essential 
precursor to any progress on peace talks.

There are three elements to the action:

# Participants will be able to use online tools to jam the electronic 
Internet services of the Israeli government in a symbolic
 "occupation" of the Israeli government's cyberspace;

# There is an extensive directory of email contacts within 
the Israeli government and diplomatic service to allow the 
public to send comments on the recent Israeli action to the 
Israeli state; and

# There are links to local/independent news services to enable 
the public to access first hand accounts of the Israeli Defence  
Force's devastation of town in the West Bank.

For the first time, as well as web-based action tools, this 
action includes tools specifically developed for use with 
the GNU/Linux operating system. 

This provides a higher level of flexibility for the development 
of simple, computer amateur-friendly software tools for use 
as part of computer-based actions by civil society. In addition 
to the other activities of the electrohippies, we hope that this 
action will help promote the role of Linux in meeting the 
computing needs of civil society groups.

Unlike the more well know 'computer hacker' actions against 
Internet sites, the tools developed by the electrohippie collective 
have 'democratic accountability' built into them. Unless significant 
numbers of people take part in the online actions - many thousands 
simultaneously across the world - then there will be no effect on the 
Israeli's information systems. However, if significant numbers do 
take part then the target systems will collapse under the weight 
of traffic.

In most countries, this action is not unlawful. This is because it 
does not involve 'computer abuse'. Instead thousands of people
across many countries use the computer systems precisely as 
they are intended to be used - but co-ordinated in a way that 
causes significant disruption or closure of the services.

To ensure that there is no collateral disruption, the electrohippies 
have carried out research into the organisation if the Israeli 
government's Internet services. The systems that our action will 
target are restricted to the specific network subnets wholly controlled 
and used by the Israeli government. Currently the action only targets 
a small number of web servers. 

But as the action evolves, and the numbers of participants grow, the 
distribution of the action will hopefully grow to also include email and 
domain name services for all the key Israeli government departments.

For more information on the action see:

# The main action page - http://www.fraw.org.uk/peace.html

# The action justification - 

# the electrohippie collective web site 

# 'About the electrohippie collective' - 

# 'Past actions' - http://www.fraw.org.uk/ehippies/past.shtml

# electrohippies occasional paper 1 - "Distributed Denial of Service" - 

# electrohippies occasional paper 2 - "I've Seen the Future and There's a 
Penguin On It" - http://www.fraw.org.uk/archive/ehippies/papers/op2.html

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