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Anti-NATO Day - Participatory Internet Attacks - STOPtheNATO.org
2001-2006. Online project.


This project unfolded around an anti-NATO militarism web portal that was founded in August 2001 and ran until late 2006. The website gained international popularity over the years through covering news about NATO's expansion into Eastern Europe, its military bases and operations in the aftermath of 9/11. It published over nine hundreds news items, with articles in more than five languages. Beyond the distribution of free information about military misconduct and the economic gains of war profiteers, the website StopTheNATO.org fostered international protests and riots against the military organization. The website primarily designed Internet protests to interfere with NATO's website and its summits through participatory DDoS (distributed denial-of-service attacks). The artist organized over five of these attacks, publicizing them internationally and providing accessible tools for participation. On the occasion of a key meeting of NATO leaders at an air force base near Rome in May 2002, he soley organized the Anti-NATO Day, during which activists could flood NATO's website through a Flash script coded and distributed by the artist. Even though the action did not disrupt the target, the threat and the technology developed for the project led to an investigation by the Department of Defense of Canada and U.S. through IDefense Verisign intelligence operations. Furthermore, the action was covered by international media outlets in Japan and Belarus and was studied by The Eisenhower Institute in the U.S.

Selected bibliography
Politics of Globalization, Pieterse and Dasgupta, Sage, U.S., 2009, ISBN 9788178299471
Space Security, The Eisenhower Institute, Washington D.C., 2004, ISBN 0920231365
Belgazeta, Belarus national newspaper, interview, 2004, Belarus, April 2004
Official Reports
Eisenhower Institute, OCIPEP Daily Brief Number: DOB02-071, Ottawa; May 30th 2002; Canada
OCIPEP, Daily Brief Number DOB02-071, 2002, OCIPEP (Office of protection and intelligence), Canada
IDEFENSE Intelligence Operations, 2002, VeriSign iAlert for U.S. Departments, May 28th 2002, U.S.



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