turn JavaScript off
turn JavaScript off

turn JavaScript off
turn JavaScript off

turn JavaScript off
turn JavaScript off


Virtual Sit-in Foyer

Virtual Sit-ins mobilize and empower netizens to participate in global electronic civil disobedience actions.

Designed as a collectively actuated tactical information tool, Virtual Sit-ins invert the logic of wide open propaganda pipes by flooding network connections with millions of hits from widely distributed, fully participatory nodes. Virtual Sit-ins enable a performance of presence, which says to the selected target: we are numerous, alert, and watching carefully.


Important Browser Settings

Netscape Navigator users on PC, Mac and Unix:
From the Edit menu select Preferences and expand Advanced.
Then select Cache:

  • memory cache = 0
  • disk cache = 0
  • verify document = Every Time

Microsoft Internet Explorer users on PC:
From the Tools menu select Internet Options - General.
In the Temporary Internet File Box select Settings
Under 'Check for newer version'

  • Select 'Every visit to the page'

In the History Box:

  • Days to keep pages in history = 0


This Virtual Sit-in website does not cause computers to crash.
These automated features are simply used to reload a targeted webpage several times per minute.

The website of an institution or symbol neo-liberalism is targeted for a limited time on a particular day. A link to the Virtual Sit-in website is then posted in a public call for participation in the tactical strike. Netsurfers follow this link, then simply leaving their browser open will automatically reload the target webpage every few seconds. The intent is to disrupt access to the targeted website by flooding the host server with requests for that website. In doing so, attention is drawn to a particular political issue, without hacking the website.

The first Virtual Sit-in: On April 10,1998 FloodNet Tactical Version 1.0 was showcased during an Electronic Civil Disobedience action against Mexican President Zedillo’s web site. A Java applet reload function sent an automated reload request several times per minute to Zedillo’s page. Reports from participants and our observations confirmed that the more than 8,000 international participants in this first FloodNet action intermittently blocked access to the Zedillo site on that day.

You must turn JavaScript off and leave Java on while participating in the Virtual Sit-in. This disables JavaScript countermeasures that may be used by some targeted websites.


Turning JavaScript Off

Netscape Communicator 4+

Select Edit in the menubar
Preferences in the list
Advanced in the Category
Uncheck Enable JavaScript
Check Enable Java

Netscape Navigator 3+

Select Options in the menubar
Network Preferences in the list
Select the
Languages tab
Uncheck Enable JavaScript
Check Enable Java

Internet Explorer

We apologize
for not having
for IE browsers.

WARNING: This is a Protest. The Virtual Sit-in is not a game.
Participation in electronic civil disobedience may have personal consequences as in any off-line political manifestation on the street.


After the Virtual Sit-in,
JavaScripted websites won't function properly in your browser,
unless you turn JavaScript back on.

Begin Flooding