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The changing face of protests in the digital age: on occupying cyberspace and Distributed-Denial-of-Services (DDoS) attacks

The changing face of protests in the digital age: on occupying cyberspace and Distributed-Denial-of-Services (DDoS) attacks

Karanasiou, Argyro ORCID: 0000-0002-3268-4019 (2014) The changing face of protests in the digital age: on occupying cyberspace and Distributed-Denial-of-Services (DDoS) attacks. International Review of Law, Computers and Technology, 28 (1). pp. 98-113. ISSN 1360-0869 (Print), 1364-6885 (Online) (doi:https://doi.org/10.1080/13600869.2014.870638)

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Abstract

On 7th January 2013 the Anonymous hacking collective launched a White House petition asking the Obama administration to recognize DDoS attacks as a valid form of protest, similar to the Occupy protests. The ‘Occupy’ movement against financial inequality has become an international protest phenomenon stirring up the debate on the legal responses to acts of civil disobedience. At the same time, online attacks in the form of DDoS are considered by many as the digital counterparts of protesting. While the law generally acknowledges a certain level of protection for protesting as a manifestation of the rights to free speech and free assembly, it is still unclear whether DDoS attacks could qualify as free speech. This paper examines the analogies between offline protests and DDoS attacks, discusses legal responses in both cases and seeks to explore the scope for free speech protection.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: DDoS, cybersecurity, human rights, free speech, hacking ethics, digital sit-in, anonymous, first amendment
Subjects: K Law > K Law (General)
Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences
Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences > School of Law & Criminology (LAC)
Last Modified: 29 Apr 2020 13:06
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
Selected for GREAT 2019: GREAT 3
Selected for REF2021: REF 3
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/24189

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