Mar 4, 2007

Open Source Chaos: Building on O:MF

The decentralized, and seemingly chaotic guerrilla war in Iraq, the Niger Delta and elsewhere demonstrates a pattern that will likely serve as a model for next generation terrorists. This pattern shows a level of learning, activity, and success similar to what we see in the open source software community. There is no reason why a successful strategy cannot be applied to the guerrilla warfare of the mind and paradigms.

Test early and often. Try new forms of 'attacks' against different types of targets early and often. Don’t wait for a perfect plan.

Given a large enough pool of members, any difficult problem will be seen as obvious by someone, and solved. Eventually some participant of the Open Souce bazaar will find a way to disrupt a particularly difficult target. All you need to do is copy the process they used (though not necessarily the content).

Your co-developers (beta-testers) are your most valuable resource. The other Discordian and allied networks in the bazaar are your most valuable allies. They will innovate on your plans, swarm on weaknesses you identify, and protect you by creating system noise (where there is too much activity to be able to tell what is significant to target or not).

Recognize good ideas from your co-developers. Simple 'attacks' that have immediate and far-reaching impact should be adopted.

Perfection is achieved when there is nothing left to take away (simplicity). The easier the 'attack' is, the more easily it will be adopted. Complexity prevents swarming that both amplifies and protects.

Tools are often used in unexpected ways. An attack method can often find reuse in unexpected ways.

Swarms vs. single group activity. The bazaar offers the potential of many smaller attacks that can in aggregate have an impact equal to several large attacks. Many hands make light work. Combined with system leverage, this reduce the most complex of systems to chaos in short order.

Rapid innovation. The bazaar's demonstrated ability to provide rapid innovation makes defense much extremely difficult. Rather than a single 'grand attack', we may see small attacks (less planning and training, fewer people, less support) against a plethora of targets. With a sufficient number of Discordian networks unearthing vulnerabilities (particularly ones with system's leverage), other forces will likely be outmatched.

These are the tools of the next wave of military and programming thinking. We can adapt, take these tools and put them to use. But it will require the Open Source Chaos bazaar to work. There will need to be more sticking together than apart.

We can work together as small co-operating groups, without turning into some organized official mess. Swapping ideas, running tests, making up mindfucks on the fly and applying them to different situations. Acting in concert and cooperation in order to do what we want more effectively. That is the aim. Or otherwise why do mindfucks at all, other than for your own amusement? You might as well go back to your TV sets and tabloid magazines.

1 comment:

Mark R. - LHX Laboratories said...

this is the good stuff right here man

whoever sleeping on this is missing out large

people prolly wont even understand what you are talking about until 2009

required reading for anybody interested in breathing

open source been on my mind today too