Okay, so there's no cool news article about nano-second men, ready at a picosecond's notice to rush into electronic battle against the oppressive government. But there is this post, which has a link to a new article about a possible new law that is broad, and sweeping. Broad and sweeping laws tend to do just that, sweep every one it catches up into a big pile of shit.
In any case, it got me to thinking. What would happen if our government, or any government for that matter, began to seriously restrict and curb the illegal aspects of the internet. For the most part, the intarweb is full of minor things, in a sort of Don't Ask / Don't Tell manner, that go overlooked. Kind of like pot smoking in the sixties, if you kept it to yourself, and weren't flipping out and going psycho, not much was done about it. In the same vein, if you're not distributing massive spam, virii, worms, whatever, not actively affecting shitloads of other people with your posted content, well then generally the internet patrol leaves you alone.
This new possible law seems like a big straw to put on a camel's back. I don't think it'd break it, but it might lay the foundation for a new bale of straw for that camel's back. (I'm being ominous and dark, can't you tell?)
So what would happen, say if the government did start actively enforcing regulations and rules with huge fines and prison terms. If those spoof videos that depict jack-booted SWAT teams breaking down your door because you just clicked download on the newest Britney Spears or Metallica MP3, leeching it fresh and free off of Kazaa, eDonkey, or whatever FOTM P2P program is in vogue that day.
Would the internet elite stand up for their 'rights or lack-there-of'? Would it even be possible to wage a virtual war?
I just like the idea of deep underground think-tanks, full of smelly nerds along side nouveau cyber-punks waging war from across the seas on governments.
You've seen the power of some worms and virii that were created, compiled, and released by groups of people from one and 20 in number.
I'm left trying to imagine what a concentrated force of thousands of these geeks could do in concert, besides cause a severe stress on the cities power grid, and make a room smell funky.
I'm not talking about Defcon, or 2400, or any of that. I'm talking about the ultimate resistance. The point where it becomes clear that it was them versus the government, where in-fighting is put to rest to deal with the much larger threat.
One of the things that comes to mind in a scenario like that, is a nice game of chess.