- Electronic Disturbance Theater Timeline 1994-2002
This Electronic Disturbance Theater Timeline presents a selection of the events that led to a radical shift from the use of the Internet for communication and documentation to its use as a space for nonviolent, direct action. Here you will find URLs of notes, essays, software, newspaper reports, and critiques; from the rise of Digital Zapatismo in 1994 to post-9/11 net.actions. It was between these two points in time that the Electronic Disturbance Theater responded to a call by the communities in Chiapas, Mexico, to bear witness to the global condition of neoliberalism.
The Electronic Disturbance Theater (EDT) is a group of four net.artists and net.activists engaged in developing the theory and practice of Electronic Civil Disobedience (ECD). The group focused its electronic actions against the Mexican and U.S. governments to draw attention to the war being waged against the Zapatistas and others in Mexico since the start of 1998. The Electronic Disturbance Theater has been working at the intersections of radical politics, recombinant activism, performance art, and software design.
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EDT has produced an ECD software tool called FloodNet to automate requests to a targeted webpage and, in so doing, disturb a web-site.
On 1 January 1999 EDT released the Disturbance Developers Kit, which led to the emergence of "International Hacktivism" around the world. Hacktivist groups at the end of 2002 were continuing to develop the practice of ECD as a digital presence against top-down globalization.
Electronic Disturbance Theater
"The battle between The Electronic Disturbance Theater and the Pentagon may go down in history as a defining moment."—Winn Schwartua CYBERSHOCK: (Thunder's Mouth Press, 2000) [End Page 132]
FIRST DECLARATION OF THE LA REALIDAD the EZLN
THE ZAPATISTAS AND THE ELECTRONIC FABRIC OF STRUGGLE
RUN FOR THE BORDER: THE TACO BELL WAR
CHIAPAS-95 EMAIL LIST
ZAPATISTAS: THE RECOMBINANT MOVIE
Ricardo Dominguez, editor
"Here in the Lacandona surplus flesh gnaws at the dreams of virtual capitalism."—Ricardo Dominguez "Run for The Border: The Taco Bell War" (<http://www.ctheory.net/text_file.asp?pick=155>, 1994)
ZAPATISTA NET OF AUTONOMY AND LIBERATION
ZAPATISTA PORT ACTION AT MIT
Ricardo Dominguez and Ron Rocco
"human_rights.html not found on this .gov server."—FloodNet 404 File ("File Not Found") Carmin Karasic and Brett Stalbaum (April 1998)
INFORMATION WARFARE IN MEXICO
THE ACTEAL MASSACRE
"If The Electronic Disturbance Theater wasn't illegal it was certainly immoral [...]."—U.S. Defense Department New York Times (3 October 1998)
CALL FOR VR SIT-IN ON FIVE MEXICAN FINANCIAL SITES
Carmin Karasic and Brett Stalbaum
NEW YORK TIMES, FRONT PAGE
ELECTRONIC DISTURBANCE THEATER'S BATTLE WITH THE...