Friday, January 12, 2007

Netwar in the emrald city, WTO protests tactics.

A few weeks ago i came across a really well written report on why the 1999 protests against the WTO protests in seattle were so successful. The report identifies a number of factors including inadequate police numbers, semi autonomous cells which were hichly networked via electronic communications and could respond quickly to changes in police tactics, blockades which prevented police from moving freely, geography which was conducive to successful blockades as well as political ineptitude.

It has been frequently pointed out that the key to the kind of conflict us activists end up fighting (known as fourth generation or 4G warafare) is the spread of information and the spread and adoption of successful tactics and strategies. Their is no need to reinvent the wheel every protest and a bit of reading and looking for what works oversease can be highly useful to us.

The report is available in zine form with graphics here http://www.crimethinc.com/downloads/n30.html

Or in its original form here http://www.rand.org/pubs/monograph_reports/MR1382/MR1382.ch7.pdf

I will put up a few posts about swarm tactics over the next few weeks but for those who want to know more the rand website www.rand.org and http://globalguerrillas.typepad.com/ have substantial amounts of information.

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