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The Coming Swarm

The Coming Swarm

Author Molly Sauter in discussion with Laurie Penny

Wednesday, October 29, 2014 at 6:00 pm
Harvard Law School, Wasserstein Hall Room 2012
Reception to follow book launch in the HLS Pub, Wasserstein Hall

In her new book, The Coming Swarm: DDoS, Hacktivism, and Civil Disobedience on the Internet, Molly Sauter examines the history, development, theory, and practice of distributed denial of service actions as a tactic of political activism. Together in conversation with journalist and activist Laurie Penny, Molly will discuss the use of disruptive tactics like DDoS, online civil disobedience, and the role of the internet as a zone of political activism and speech. There will be a book signing following the discussion. 

About Molly

Molly Sauter is a research affiliate at the Berkman Center, and a doctoral student at McGill University in Montreal. She holds a masters degree in Comparative Media Studies from MIT, where she is an affiliate researcher at the Center for Civic Media at the Media Lab.  Her research is broadly focused on hacker culture, transgressive digital activism, and depictions of technology in the media. Her research is situated in socio-political analyses of technology and technological culture.  She is author of The Coming Swarm, an analysis of the history and development of activist distributed denial of service actions, published by Bloomsbury. She blogs at and tweets @oddletters.

About Laurie

Laurie Penny was born in London in 1986 and is not dead yet. She is, in no particular order, a writer, a journalist, a public speaker, an activist, a feminist, a reprobate and a geek. She is Contributing Editor of New Statesman magazine and Editor-at-Large at The New Inquiry. Her fourth book, Unspeakable Things, was published by Bloomsbury (US/UK) in 2014.


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Past Event
Oct 29, 2014
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM