Bat signal for the Internet

6 thoughts on “Bat signal for the Internet”

  1. If you can admit to hanging around Reddit I guess I can admit to hanging around 4chan on occasion. One of the things you’d see a lot in the 4chan boards are requests from people to get the anarchy-army of 4chan to organize itself and head out like Genghis Khan on meth against whatever foe the person has. The most common response is “GTFO not your personal army”.

    The Internet works like a hive, it’s not an army. It’s organic, there can’t be a red button on the keyboard that says “it’s go time”. At least, there might be a button, but who decides what call to action is the call to action that deserves pressing the red button? Or deserves responding to the call?

    Personally, I’d say “the Internet” has responded to threats just fine over the past few years without the structure suggested by Forbes or the IDL.

    1. Nope, I don’t admit to hanging around Reddit. Never been there, actually. I’ve just heard the name over the years and know they were one of the original backers of the blackout. (I’ve never heard of 4chan.) My concern is that the blackout was the only really big, organized (more or less) response to what seems to be an endless stream of threats. I see the IDL idea not as organizing an army but more as setting up a mailing list for quickly spreading the word and suggesting a response. The response, if any, is left entirely up to each website owner. Unfortunately, finding a way to quickly organize another blackout or similar protest is probably going to be like trying to herd cats. Who knows, that in itself may be the Internet’s best defense; maybe the government can’t herd cats any better than we can.

      1. Hmm, always wondered exactly where and how Anonymous got started. If 4chan started lolcats too, there must be some insane creativity pooled in that place. And Anonymous certainly seems to know their way around computers. I admire their expertise, as long as they show restraint.

  2. (trying to catch up on my reading). Yeah, every vigilant – and the quicker the better. (herding cats is appropriate.) But always cautious about anyone “organizing” the net.
    Have you seen this from the Brits? Words to avoid using – or else. (or maybe you’ve already done this post…I’m reading, reading, reading….)

    1. As it happens, I posted something about those “bad words” just a few hours ago — but before I saw this comment. “Great minds …” and all that.

... and that's my two cents