Urban file sharing

February 8, 2011 § 2 Comments

Imagine that, instead of visiting virtual places like Dropbox to share files, you visited real places: a street, a bus stop, a bridge. Where you would find a mysterious USB peaking through the wall. And you could download its files, or upload your own. For anyone to find. True, unconditional (file) sharing.

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This is the idea behind Dead Drops a public intervention project by Berlin based artist Aram Bartholl. In  his words “Dead Drops is an anonymous, offline, peer-to-peer file-sharing network in public space”. There is even a Dead Drops manifesto. He launched the original Dead Drop in New York in 2010, but there have been more around the world since. Check this list to see if there is a Dead Drop happening now near you.

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And what’s best, Dead Drop is open. Anyone can start one. Here are the instructions.

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