Artist and Eyebeam resident Aram Bartholl’s USB Dead Drops project is raising lots of discussion in the security and file sharing communities. The project release is now in full swing with this video showing how the USB drives were installed in different places around NYC. Aram writes:
‘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 accessable 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.