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. 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 blogs at and tweets @oddletters.

During this event, hosted by the Citizen Lab’s Director Ron Deibert, 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.

The event is free and open to the general public. Registration is required.