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The First Official Cyberwar has begun
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It was in 2004, when we created a whole Memefest Festival around the Cyberwar theme. Besides the "Design is not enough" manifesto, the main text that served as a festival provocation for people around the world to create media and texts, was "Cyberwar is coming." It was a highly important but also popular theme with our community

Few days ago, this video was published by the Anonymous group, declaring the first official cyberwar, inviting people to participate in an Facebook attack. Listen to the video, we are living in very interesting times.

Below I have posted a link to the Cyberwar text. It is a classic text that has predicted the network organisation mode as the most powerful form of social action in the future. Today, after Al Kaida- as a negative and after Occupy Wall street- as a very positive example, we know that this is true. And not to forget, the main organisational form of Memefest through all the years was a network too.

One more text for you- a manifesto, that serves a bit as a antithesis to the importance of the body, the physical dimension of the current worldwide Occupations.

Franco Berardi & Geert Lovink: A call to the Army of Love and to the Army of Software

John Arquilla and David Ronfeldt
International Policy Department


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11 years, 4 months ago

i totally agree, it has already begun
but i have my doubts about the Anonymus..
is to good to be true and to convenient to the US Pentagon Cybercommand
i presume that a cyber 9/11 false flag attack is around the corner

11 years, 4 months ago

sorry about my english, i just wanted to write that Anonymus is "too" good to be true
have you read the new <a href="">Google privacy politics?</a>

but there is an option..

11 years, 4 months ago

It should be obvious, the attacks on a free and open internet will not cease. The free ride on the information superhighway is over.

The owners of the infrastructure are working very hard to see to it that their networks cannot be used any longer to organize against government or corporate injustice.

In my opinion, the reality of the growing cyberwar and the repeated and intense attacks against the free nature of the network should invite us all to consider, what evolutionary innovation to existing network technology will secure the continued availability to we who have grown accustomed to the existence of this most utilitarian technology called "the internet" - that just also happens to be an extremely potent tool of personal and collective liberation?

In my view, it is time for the citizens of the planet to construct a point to point radio MESH "outernet." I call it an Outernet in order to point to the topological factors that should fifferentiate it from the existing internet and yet at the same time retain the possibility of it including the existing internet within its bounds, as most certainly needs to be the case if it is to be widely adopted.

Strangely, the Internet Engineering Task Force or IETF and its composite membership have stalled on full blown implementation of ipv6 at precisely the point at which it could help enable, not only the years touted as forthcoming corporate sponsored "internet of devices" where your dishwasher can talk with your toaster, but also an all inclusive wireless point to point radio network mesh where one only needs to put up an antenna to begin connecting and exploring the net.

The current implementation of an ipv4 internet is seen to be infrastructure-centric. Observe the many hops in any traceroute: they represent only nameless and faceless nodes comprising the infrastructure. As it is now one connects first and foremost to the infrastructure, not to ones nearest neighbors, even when a shorter route could exist - say by virtue of proximity of coexisting WIFI networks.

I point at the existence of all these WIFI capable routers and devices in everyones homes and ask: They all talk to varying ISP providers and infrastructures. why dont they all talk, also, to each other? Why don't we have a network that routes traffic through neighboring user nodes?

As a result of all the threats of censorship and "internet kill switch" activities, not to mention boundless surveillance at the infrastructure level, today there are many projects to develop MESH networks and various kinds of darknets. Obviously, we need something like the address space of ipv6 that both includes ipv4 within it as a subnet, as well as offering enough addresses for all MESH devices to have their own unique address on the mesh. But I have yet to see a MESH project that specifies an ipv6 infrastructure. The beauty of using ipv6 lies in the ability to coexist with the existing internet. Also, given that ipv4 is a subset of ipv6, then in a sense using ipv6 really does create an "Outernet."

Another part of the answer to the question of "Why don't all these existing WIFI devices talk to each other?" is far more basic to the type of center-margin, tethered to the infrastructure style of networking paradigm we've used all our lives. We are so accustomed to the need for a firewall, that we cannot see the irony in having an apartment complex full of WIFI enabled devices that must needs go out on an infrastructure line back to a central office or even a downtown NOC just to have traffic with a node that may be a few hundred feet away. We cannot conceive of a network where each node routes traffic for neighboring nodes as a condition of having its own traffic routed.

Perhaps more importantly, we are so accustomed to the need for a firewall that we cannot see the possible utility in helping create, organize and sustain communities. If everyone is routing traffic for nearest geographical neighbors, then the obvious next step is to rework existing network communication modes to fit the new point to point network paradigm. Each node should be easily capable of something like email, instant messenging, file transfer, and even the creation of virtual subnets for the purpose of gaming. Why not give every device something like a profile page, a wall, and a file area, each of which can be restricted. The more advanced users might want to run their own web services.

But imagine the utility of such a mesh for community organizing. Say one has just moved in to a new apartment building. You put up the MESH antenna aerial and instantly you seeing all your nearest neighbors and their profile pages. You can instantly meet online everyone who wants to be met, everyone who has not enabled privacy settings. To me it seems like a no brainer. This is the next step of the evolution of community digital internetworking.

I've thought more about some of the technical aspects of such an anarchic and decentralized network and how it might utilize some of the existing ipv6 protocol stack implementations (such as NDP or DNS) in novel ways to achieve a rapid adoption, but I dont want to stray too far from the idea of cyberwar here. But when it comes to the reality of a global information war waged by corporate and governmental stake holders against the common citizens, something like the emergence a global wireless mesh could signal a turning point in community's ability to organize themselves and convey information outside the traditional corporate owned and monitored internet infrastructure.

11 years, 3 months ago

Anonymus blocked several web sites in Slovenia- including ALL web sites of 5 biggest Slovene political parties. Interesting!





Oliver Vodeb






I am a member of Memefest communication/art/theory Kolektiv, and founder, curator and editor of Memefest Festival of Socially Responsive Communication and Art. Iam also facilitator of Memefest online social network.

I am an Academic at RMIT University, Melbourne. I teach and research mostly in the field of communication design. I approach design/communication from a critical inter/ extradisciplinary perspective and I investigate theoretical, strategic, conceptual and "hands on" practice.

I enjoy working in many different media including visual and text.

Books I have published :

This was my studio in Slovenia (2004-2012):

CV (sort of):

You can read some of my texts here:

I have joined the Memfest community becasue i am interested in

I have been here from the very beginning of Memefest. I am interested in communication/design for social and environmental change.
I name such communication socially responsive communication.

Broadly speaking I am interested in visual communication, photography, sociological aspects of communication, design and media.

Iam interested in institutionalised forms of communication like for example communication done by design/communication studios and advertising agencies as well as non institutionalised forms of communication like tactical media or broader aspects of media activism.

In a slightly more academic language:

I am interested in how critical social theory can illuminate the complex processes of production, distribution and reception of public (visual) communication in order to generate public communication as a responsible social, political, economic and cultural practice.

I am particularly interested in relations between concepts of response-ability and communication effectiveness, and the social construction of design and other forms of pubic communication as profession, practice and praxis within academia, the market environments and non-institutionalised communities.


was studiing at Faculty for social sciences University of Ljubljana


PhD in sociology of communication and design

Working place

RMIT University, School of Design, Master of Communication Design

Music I like

Flamming Lips, Pixies, The Black Crowes, Demeter, Porno for Pyros, Ry Cooder, Junior Kimbrough, Townes van Zandt, T-model Ford, The Dirty Three, Bonnie Prince Billy, Primus, Faith no More, Bob Dylan, RHCP, Alice Donut, Faith no more, Mark Lanegan, Reigning Sound, Total Control;

Books I like

The Unbearable Lightness of Being, A Confederacy of Dunces, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, PanikHerz...;

Films I like

The man who wasn't there, No country for old man, Genova, Zidane a 21st century portrait, There will be blood, Il Postino, Festen, Straight Story, Wild at heart, White Ribbon, Dog tooth;

Communication projects I like

I like stuff we did at Poper studio. I like posters from Inkahoots. I like the zine project 23/56 from Kevin. I like many things that were submitted to Memefest, I like stuff from Cactusnetwork, I like the work of Image-shift.

Websites I like,,,,,,,,,,,,

People I like

My dear family and my wonderful friends.