FloodNet represents a
collective weapon of presence. It mobilizes and empowers netizens to participate in electronic
civil disobedience in solidarity with the Zapatisas.
Important Browser Settings
For Netscape navigator users on PC, Apple Macintosh and Unix o.s.:
From the Option menu select Preferences and set up:
- memory cache = 0
- disk cache = 0
- verify document = Every Time
From The Option menu select Network Preferences
- activate the No Proxies option
For Microsoft Internet Explorer users:
- from the View menu select Options - Advanced -
- and in the Temporary Internet File Box select Never
Designed as a collectively actuated electronic civil disobedience tool, FloodNet inverts the
logic of wide open propaganda pipes by flooding network connections with millions of hits
from widely distributed, fully participatory nodes. FloodNet enables a performance of
presence, which says to Mexico (and its close ally the United States): we are numerous,
alert, and watching carefully.
On April 10,1998 FloodNet Tactical Version 1.0 was showcased during
an Electronic Civil Disobedience action against Mexican President Zedillos web site.
A Java applet reload function sent an automated reload request several times per minute to
Zedillos 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.
Tactical FloodNet's automated features
are simply used to :
- Reload a targeted webpage several times per minute.
- Spam targeted server error logs.
This disables a FloodNet countermeasure
used at some websites.
Netscape Communicator 4+
Select Edit in the menubar
Select Preferences in the list
Select Advanced in the Category
Check Enable Java
Netscape Navigator 3+
Select Options in the menubar
Select Network Preferences in the list
Select the Languages tab
Check Enable Java
Internet Explorer 3+, 4+
for not having
for IE browsers.
This is a Protest. FloodNet is not a game.
Participation in electronic civil disobedience may have
as in any off-line political manifestation on the street.
FloodNet website development by Internet artists
Carmin Karasic and