Dykan K. (from Eage, Wisconsin) stared on January 7 an online petition to ask the Obama administration that
Make, distributed denial-of-service (DDoS), a legal form of protesting.
With the advance in internet techonology, comes new grounds for protesting. Distributed denial-of-service (DDoS), is not any form of hacking in any way. It is the equivalent of repeatedly hitting the refresh button on a webpage. It is, in that way, no different than any “occupy” protest. Instead of a group of people standing outside a building to occupy the area, they are having their computer occupy a website to slow (or deny) service of that particular website for a short time.
Many newspaper claim it is issued by Anonymous. Nevertheless, I was not able to find a related tweet issued by @AnonNews (if somebody spotted it, please send me the pointer).
Is it a legitimate demand? Obviously, some DDos actions were used to protest against authorities, resented actions… For instance, when MegaUpload was closed, Anonymous organized such attack (see http://eric-diehl.com/megaupload-is-down/). Nevertheless, DDos is also used for black mailing or just simple malevolence. Therefore, we can foresee the answer of the Obama administration. To receive an official answer, the petition must score more than 25,000 signatures in one month. At writing time, it was at 4,255.
Update 16-jan: Since Tuesday, the White House has raised the threshold from 25,000 signatures up to 100,000 signatures. At writing time, it was at 4,855. Of course, this rising is not correlated to this petition (rather to secessionist petitions)