ELECTRONIC DISTURBANCE THEATER
Ricardo Dominguez is one of the pioneers and
'public faces' of the hacktivism, a civil disobedience intervention
within the digital-scape of computer networks, which opens a new
field where activist and hacker cultures can meet.
« The Electronic Disturbance Theater (EDT) is a small group
of network activists and network artists engaged in developing
the theory and practice of Electronic Civil Disobedience (ECD).
The group has 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.
EDT has been working at the intersections of radical politics,
recombinant networks, performance art, and software design. EDT
has produced an ECD device titled FloodNet, which disturbs an
opponent’s URL by flooding it with requests representing the number
of those participating. EDT has been a catalyst for moving forward
with ECD tactics and the emergence of Hacktivism. The Electronic
Disturbance Theater has now become one of many small autonomous
groups heightening and enhancing the ways and means of computerized
resistance.» (from http://www.autonomedia.org)
Ricardo Dominguez is senior editor for The
Thing (New York) and co-produced several net performances
in collaboration with other artists like Francesca da Rimini,
Diane Ludin and Coco Fusco. His articles and interviews have been
extensively published on the net and he's been the editor of the
book Hacktivism. Network Art Activism, published
by Autonomedia Press, New York (2001).