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Nov 14th, 2010 | By | Category: HowTo, Installations

a public USB drive

a public USB drive

More a transport and distribution method for art than actual street art, this story piqued my interest enough to warrant a new post.

In the Dead Drop instructible Aram Bartholl explains how to set up public USB drives for anyone to plug into and upload/download files. A sort of open source lucky dip. Needless to say, you’d want to be using a decent, virus resistant, operating system on your device before you’d even consider plugging in :-).

The Dead Drops Manifesto

Dead Drops is an anonymous, offline, peer to peer file-sharing network in public space. Anyone can access a Dead Drop and everyone may install a Dead Drop in their neighborhood/city. A Dead Drop must be public accessible. A Dead Drop inside closed buildings or private places with limited or temporary access is not a Dead Drop. A real Dead Drop mounts as read and writeable mass storage drive without any custom software. Dead Drops don’t need to be synced or connected to each other. Each Dead Drop is singular in its existence. A very beautiful Dead Drop shows only the metal sheath enclosed type-A USB plug and is cemented into walls.You would hardly notice it. Dead Drops don’t need any cables or wireless technology. Your knees on the ground or a dirty jacket on the wall is what it takes share files offline. A Dead Drop is a naked piece of passively powered Universal Serial Bus technology embedded into the city, the only true public space. 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!

Free your data to the public domain in cement! Make your own Dead Drop now! Un-cloud your files today!!!

Aram Bartholl 2010

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