Dead Drops

2 Feb

What do you thought of when you saw the title “Dead Drops” above this posts? Maybe you’ve already known it for a while, but in this time of the sharing economy (especially on the web) and connecting as huge trends, I thought you might like this.

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Dead Drops is an online (in an offline way) peer to peer file-sharing network in public space. This project, created by Aram Bartholl, allows people to share their files in an anonymous way. In several walls, curbs and buildings around the world are USB flash drives embedded which give people access to use the flash drive in public space. Everyone can easily drop of 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. To use Dead Drops, you don’t need any cables or wireless technology. Everyone is invited to go to these places to drop or find files! It is just a naked piece of art that is compiled by the people who use it. They decide what’s on the stick and what’s not. In an era of growing clouds and fancy new devices without access to local files we need to rethink the freedom and distribution of data. The Dead Drops movement is on its way for change!

dead drop 3I think it’s clear that this project can be linked to especially sharing and connectedness, because it’s a way to get people connected, without knowing each other. By reading a file about their favorite places around the world for example, you can get an idea of what the person who dropt the file could be, but you’ll never know for sure without a picture or meeting him/her. You could also look for inspiration on a Dead Drop or share a file, video or picture you’d like other people to see. I think it’s a beautiful way of connecting and sharing, because of the anonymity of the project and the curiosity it creates for the readers or just random people on the street who suddenly see an USB sticking out of a wall. It’s just a great combination of creating curiosity, sharing, and entertaining people by just a small object.

Sources:

https://deaddrops.com/

http://popupcity.net/dead-drops-the-offline-file-sharing-network/

http://michaeljfaris.com/blog/2010/11/dead-drops-un-clouding-filesharing/

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