ON-Lion Letter
In December, the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University released a new paper, "Distributed Denial of Service Attacks Against Independent Media and Human Rights Sites."  Distributed denial of service (DDoS) is an increasingly common Internet phenomenon capable of silencing Internet speech, usually for a brief interval, but occasionally for longer.

In the paper, a team of five Berkman scholars explores the specific phenomenon of DDoS attacks on independent-media and human-rights organizations, seeking to understand the nature and frequency of these attacks, their efficacy, and the responses available to sites under attack.

The team also offers advice to independent-media and human-rights sites likely to be targeted by DDoS, but comes to the uncomfortable conclusion that there is no easy solution to these attacks for many of these sites, particularly for attacks that exhaust network bandwidth.

The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation
 in Milwaukee supports Harvard's Berkman Center.
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