Dead Drops

One of the projects that lately have called my attention is the “Dead Drops” network. Basically, it takes a very old concept of information sharing for military purposes (hiding information in specific places that are only known by members of the same team). On the official website we can find a good definition of the project:

‘Dead Drops’ is an anonymous, offline, peer to peer file-sharing network in public space. USB flash drives are embedded into walls, buildings and curbs accessible to anybody in public space. Everyone is invited to drop or find files on a dead drop. Plug your laptop to a wall, house or pole to share your favorite files and data. Each dead drop is installed empty except a readme.txt file explaining the project. ‘Dead Drops’ is open to participation. If you want to install a dead drop in your city/neighborhood follow the ‘how to’ instructions and submit the location and pictures. Aram Bartholl 2010

The first 5 dead drops were installed in NYC by Aram Bartholl in some “not that” hidden places, but yet not visually obvious. He did posted some tutorial videos explaining the project and how to set up your own spot. Please have a look here below:

On their official Flicker account we can find very interesting pictures of those 5 initial spots:

'Dead Drops' - NYC

Since 2010 the network has grown, and now is present almost everywhere. As well different technologies have come to meet the project, and now we can find wifi and bluetooth spots. Interested to set your own? Make click here to find more information.

You can find a full map with the official database on the official website. Please, make click here to access to the map.

As well we recommend to have a look on the official blog. There is a nice work of news clipping and very interesting news about the project.

You can also read this entry  of Pile O’Words as a case of tactical media or this article on Make use of.

This project is an awesome example of space remeaning and sharing of information, setting a common plataform of urban experience. Really looking forward to check it in person. Have you ever used it? Leave your comments below





2 thoughts on “Dead Drops

    1. Indeed, seems risky but part of the philosophy behind is a peer sharing, what means give to others something good, not a bad thing.
      I am kind of worried about phishing, there are malicious softwares capable of copying sensitive information and these free spots are very appealing to this kind of information theft…

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