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“Dead Drops” preview

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I am pleased to preview ‘Dead Drops’ a new project which I started off as part of my ongoing EYEBEAM residency in NYC the last couple weeks. ‘Dead Drops’ is an anonymous, offline, peer to peer file-sharing network in public space. I am ‘injecting’ USB flash drives into walls, buildings and curbs accessable to anybody in public space. You are invited to go to these places (so far 5 in NYC) 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 contains a readme.txt file explaining the project. ‘Dead Drops’ is still in progress, to be continued here and in more cities. Full documentation, movie, map and ‘How to make your own dead drop’ manual coming soon! Stay tuned.

Dead drop (Wikipedia)

In the meanwhile drop some files here!

87 3rd Avenue, Brooklyn, NY (Makerbot)
Empire Fulton Ferry Park, Brooklyn, NY (Dumbo)
235 Bowery, NY (New Museum)
Union Square, NY (Subway Station 14th St)
540 West 21st Street, NY (Eyebeam)

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Udate:

I have to admit I wasn’t prepared for this  unbelievable feedback I am got in the recent days. The preview post became a major release! This means while I try to hold up against a journalistic DNS attack I am putting together this site on the fly with my left hand:

http://deaddrops.com

The site is still a bit naked but step by step I am adding content (FAQ, how to, movie docu etc). If you want to embed your own dead drop in your city you are free to go. Check the instructions here.

All pics on flickr !

Written by Aram

October 29th, 2010 at 11:45 pm

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  1. This is awesome!

    jamie dubs

    30 Oct 10 at 12:10 am

  2. Awesome indeed! :-)
    People could leave GPS coordinates or human-readable direction to other dead drops, on the drives.
    The files could be marked as ‘please copy to other dead drops’ or ‘please copy to specific dead drop’ or ‘please copy to any dead drop in city X, Y or Z’.
    You could leave more complicated tasks for benevolent strangers to perform, since the processors in this case understand natural language instructions just fine.

    Syvwlch

    30 Oct 10 at 12:29 am

  3. Provide a cord. It will break too fast otherwise :)

    m

    30 Oct 10 at 4:12 am

  4. [...] “Dead Drops” preview ‘Dead Drops’ is an anonymous, offline, peer to peer file-sharing network in public space. I am ‘injecting’ USB flash drives into walls, buildings and curbs accessable to anybody in public space. You are invited to go to these places (so far 5 in NYC) to drop or find files on a dead drop. Plug your laptop to a wall, house or pole to share your files and date. Each dead drop contains a readme.txt file explaining the project. [...]

  5. In someways this is the digital equivalent of geocaching.

    http://www.geocaching.com/

    CVBruce

    30 Oct 10 at 4:06 pm

  6. [...] Bartholl] is building his own filesharing network that screws those fat cats who want to control your freedom. He’s added file cache devices [...]

  7. [...] This is fucking cool. ‘Dead Drop’ is physical file sharing network embedded in accessible public spaces. More info here. [...]

    Dead Drop | Log

    30 Oct 10 at 5:11 pm

  8. Interesting idea, but it will soon be trolled. People will erase all files, people will format it, people will install viruses in autorun.inf form. You can’t expect no trolling in publicly accessible data.

    Slava

    30 Oct 10 at 5:21 pm

  9. ‘people will install viruses in autorun.inf’

    Yep, winusers and share freedom is kind of incompatible. That sort of things doesn’t matter to Linux users.

    Debianism

    30 Oct 10 at 5:33 pm

  10. Totally awesome! You rock endlessly.

    Gösta

    30 Oct 10 at 5:34 pm

  11. Great idea — but you need to think about spyware, destructive hacks and viruses.

    Bertil Hatt

    30 Oct 10 at 5:39 pm

  12. “Interesting idea, but it will soon be trolled.”

    Agreed; I was just heading out with a new, juicy trojan to plant on these USB repositories.

    Very cool idea, regardless!

    Robert S.

    30 Oct 10 at 6:48 pm

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  14. wow! A computer glory hole! I love it!!!

    juliette

    30 Oct 10 at 7:19 pm

  15. OMG! TERRORISM!

    Bushie-taled snitch

    30 Oct 10 at 7:46 pm

  16. Brilliant! Can’t wait for a 5 year-old to run into one of those and gouge out his eye! Good thing we gots that free healthcare, y’all!

    Tim

    30 Oct 10 at 8:06 pm

  17. i agree with slava.
    it could get dangerous if people upload/download viruses.

    Miranda

    30 Oct 10 at 8:14 pm

  18. I love the idea, and I think the presentation is spot on as an art project (which it is). From a practical standpoint, the durability and connectivity of USB leaves much to be desired. I’d love to see a follow-up using WiFi or Bluetooth.. unfortunately, there’s no cool presentation to take a picture of in that case.

    Jered

    30 Oct 10 at 8:19 pm

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  20. An interesting idea. But: how long do you think the USB sticks will survive? Wouldn’t it be better to use a WLAN hard disk drive?

    radioscout

    30 Oct 10 at 8:38 pm

  21. This is really quite genius. And no, Mr Bartholl does not need to worry about people uploading malicious files. The people who choose to plug in the drives need to worry about malicious files, and act on that concern to make sure they can interface with the drops safely.

    You have to learn how to drive before you can get on the road, yes?

    Learn how to internet; disable autorun, virus scan everything, and generally be situationally aware of the threatscape and how to mitigate it’s impact.

    And also, frankly, Im not worried about the usb drive with the malware on it, Im worried about the one thats actually just a usb port wired discreetly to a car battery.

    Jason Storm

    30 Oct 10 at 9:26 pm

  22. Who cares if people put viruses on these things? A. don’t have autorun enabled and B. don’t use Windows if you’re concerned about viruses.

    Thomas

    30 Oct 10 at 9:30 pm

  23. From a friend of mine: These should’ve been installed flush into the wall with a recess around the plug and accessed via USB extension cables. Also makes it less likely to break the thing off by wiggling your laptop.

    Christian Walde

    30 Oct 10 at 9:47 pm

  24. I’d be afraid that some idiot would download a virus onto it. There are pros and cons with public art that people can contribute to themselves.
    That said, it really is a fantastic idea. Love it.

    Erin

    30 Oct 10 at 10:25 pm

  25. RE: Viruses – I hope y’all don’t think that the other popular anonymous public file sharing services are somehow virus-free. Cuz that’d be… well… sort of in the same category as the post about a 5-year-old running into one and poking his eye out.

    Chris

    30 Oct 10 at 10:32 pm

  26. This has to be the most amazingly ill-conceived and poorly-considered ideas I have come across on the web all year. It’s like “Jackass: The Conceptual Art Project”, an exploration of just how mind-boggling idiotic people can be.

    JAQ

    30 Oct 10 at 11:12 pm

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  29. People still use USB drives. I guess these are the same people who help onto the floppy drive. Anyway, why not install wi-fi cards instead, or just get a Dropbox. Here’s a link:

    http://db.tt/MopqVvI

    Ron Bannon

    30 Oct 10 at 11:49 pm

  30. Idea is clever, but awful for computer security reasons.

    Ant

    31 Oct 10 at 12:25 am

  31. It’s a shame these will be abused. Surely someone can put some sort of virus ore keylogger on there. Not to mention people/rain will break them.

    Jack

    31 Oct 10 at 12:37 am

  32. Can somebody explain to me what makes this art?

    Di

    31 Oct 10 at 12:51 am

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  34. I like that there’s the possibility of using these for malicious intent. It’s like a digital gloryhole.

    Jason

    31 Oct 10 at 1:16 am

  35. Nice publicity stunt. Won’t it be great when the man starts to camp out and seize people’s gear? Jeez.

    At least people know where to look if they seek damages for defacing property, I guess? At any rate, enjoy your 10 minutes.

    Uggh, hipsters.

    anti_hipster11seven6

    31 Oct 10 at 1:18 am

  36. This is a very wicked idea but security is always a concern. I run Linux I’m better off than MS users but I think people within the “network” should come along every so often and check up on the drive. Make sure things are clean. Have people volunteer on security. If this is to side-step the “fat cats” more power to you and to all who participate!

    Nomad

    31 Oct 10 at 1:35 am

  37. Seems like there ought to be an “under table” version with a USB mini-b connector. Hide one under a table at your local coffee shop, Internet cafe, train station or anywhere it’s natural to use a laptop computer. Being your own cable and plug it in as you sit down.

    This avoids two downsides to the shown prototypes:
    First a mini-b connector can be flush, so things don’t get snagged on it. Second holding your laptop up against a wall or post is bound to attract attention sooner or later.

    xyzzy

    31 Oct 10 at 2:03 am

  38. People seem to be concerned that these might hold viruses, but they seem to forget that the first rainstorm will rust the contacts.

    Ikkonoishi

    31 Oct 10 at 2:29 am

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  40. This is brilliant. Is it intentionally like a glory hole? Did you describe it as such or did others?

    micha

    31 Oct 10 at 2:46 am

  41. I think it should be a little slot with a cover that you pull out a courd and plug it in

    Oztex

    31 Oct 10 at 3:14 am

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  43. Digital toilet?
    Jerk off your virus anywhere :)
    I cant think of any good reason for doing this whereas i can think of thousands of mal intents.

    josh

    31 Oct 10 at 4:10 am

  44. Lol, brilliant idea. Much more convenient than sitting dry and warm in my lazy chair at home while downloading.

    anonymous

    31 Oct 10 at 4:15 am

  45. It really irks me that so many people are concerned about security. Honestly, there are so many ways around the issue (Most of which have already been stated and yet the security questions pursue). Someone already stated that this was like “Digital Geo caching” and (as a Geo cacher myself) they were right. With that in mind, a good Geo Cacher doesn’t go about his business without proper safety equipment, so why would a good Digital Geo Cacher? It goes without saying that people will undoubtedly troll but it is not anyone’s responsibility to protect against that but the user’s.

    Paradox

    31 Oct 10 at 4:25 am

  46. Creativity has a limit…

    dumbass alert

    31 Oct 10 at 4:31 am

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  48. [...] Bartholl is mortaring USB drives into walls, curbs, and buildings around New York. These dead drops, as he terms them, are [...]

  49. Jam a metal staple, bit of foil, solder, whatever across the pins out of sight. Sit back and laugh as the devices plugged into them go *pop*

    Wait for them to get wet for even more fun.

    Drop the CPeez on them for people to copy to their devices.

    required

    31 Oct 10 at 5:51 am

  50. I can think of no security issues associated with this idea. Not one.

    Dood

    31 Oct 10 at 6:14 am

  51. This is pretty much like leaving dirty needles around for people to use. Hey, another idea for “art” project. Oh, wait it’s NYC — already been done.

    For the Linux naysayers, you think there are no Linux exploits out there?

    Bob

    31 Oct 10 at 6:34 am

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  55. Really having port sticking out of object is only asking to be broken from many causes.

    The challenge will to be one that does not need anything sticking out.

    oiaohm

    31 Oct 10 at 7:03 am

  56. [...] Warrior writes “Aram Bartholl is building a series of USB dead drops in New York City. Billed as ‘an anonymous, offline, peer to peer file-sharing network in [...]

  57. It’s a nice idea! Reminds me of http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BookCrossing — but you seem to have less structure in mind.

    Pollution, if your idea escalates?

    Malicious USB sticks will damage Windows PCs ? Or was this your plan all along ?

    Stephan

    Stephan Wehner

    31 Oct 10 at 7:59 am

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  59. [...] ‘Dead Drops’ is an anonymous, offline, peer to peer file-sharing network in public space. I am ‘injecting’ USB flash drives into walls, buildings and curbs accessable to anybody in public space. You are invited to go to these places (so far 5 in NYC) to drop or find files on a dead drop. Plug your laptop to a wall, house or pole to share your files and date. Each dead drop contains a readme.txt file explaining the project. ‘Dead Drops’ is still in progress, to be continued here and in more cities. Full documentation, movie, map and ‘How to make your own dead drop’ manual coming soon! Stay tuned. This was written by tere. Posted on Sunday, October 31, 2010, at 11:48 am. Filed under digi, free software, p2p. Bookmark the permalink. Follow comments here with the RSS feed. Post a comment or leave a trackback. [...]

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  61. this rocks!
    subvert! subvert! subvert!
    regardless of all the noise about viruses, trojans etc – even if every third person drops off a trojan, all the next person has to do is wipe the drive, and drop of his files for the next bunch of people. very creative. almost a performance art.

    lone biker

    31 Oct 10 at 10:32 am

  62. 就怕断了“`

    U2U

    31 Oct 10 at 10:38 am

  63. Nice idea, but I would be concerned to plug something into my laptop when I can not see what it is. It could be an USB drive or another computer trying to get into my computer or – worst of all – a high voltage AC outlet … and there goes my expensive little machine ;-)

    Sebbi

    31 Oct 10 at 11:55 am

  64. Fun uses

    This would be a great way for artists and musicians to share some of their stuff! Emerging bands and photographers could upload samples with a readme.txt on how to find more from them. They could get people excited about this exclusive content by ‘advertising’ the dead drop locations on FB, Twitter, etc.

    Also, it might be cool if restaurants in the vicinities uploaded their menus and a map to their places.

    Add the dead drop how-to manual, map, and video to the drive!

    ginac

    31 Oct 10 at 12:00 pm

  65. A very interesting project this one. I have been thinking of hiding a usb drive inside a table for a while, and only have a mini-usb port located where you cant see it.

    I think you are really on to something here, but i would put it inside a parkbench for example. And also the issue of weatherproofing it.

    Keep up the good work!

    Stigrolf

    31 Oct 10 at 12:06 pm

  66. [...] Bartholl] is building his own filesharing network that screws those fat cats who want to control your freedom. He’s added file cache devices [...]

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  68. brilliant! i’d like that to be the start of a new, rapidly spreading cultural technique : ))

    kellerabteil

    31 Oct 10 at 12:23 pm

  69. [...] New York hat Aram Bartholl aus dem Technik-Kunst-Labor Eyebeam fünf USB-Sticks im öffentlichen Raum vermauert. Die USB-Sticks fungieren als Tote Briefkästen (“dead drops”), bzw. Digitale [...]

  70. [...] Simply plug in your laptop or device to share your files and data. Each dead drop contains a readme.txt file explaining the project. ‘Dead Drops’ is still in progress, to be continued here and in more cities. For find out more, visit the from the guy who started it. [...]

    Dead Drops

    31 Oct 10 at 2:19 pm

  71. [...] am pleased to preview ‘Dead Drops‘ a new project which I started off as part of my ongoing EYEBEAM residency in NYC the last [...]

  72. klasse idee…mach ich auch!

    novid@funny

    31 Oct 10 at 2:33 pm

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  74. Cool idea
    Yes theres risks,but hey thats life.
    Would love to see some hidden in holes of trees.
    Oh and parking meters.

    rev

    31 Oct 10 at 3:27 pm

  75. installed in a bathroom stall, the drive will contain porn within a day

    anonymous

    31 Oct 10 at 3:47 pm

  76. http://www.slate.com/id/2270003/pagenum/all/#p2

    jojo deClair

    31 Oct 10 at 4:58 pm

  77. I infected it with AIDS

    H4X0R

    31 Oct 10 at 5:02 pm

  78. neat idea, very old school, but I agree with the virus thing. Yea I could get viruses from a torrent, but usually people review them to let me know if it’s a clean file.

    Also all it would take is one whack of a hammer, and each one of these drops are useless. Someone needs to come up with a wireless RFID version of a usb drive and bury it. That way it would be less conspicuous.

    toyotaboy

    31 Oct 10 at 5:17 pm

  79. [...] a lot harder and quite possibly requires a warrant from a Judge (..)“ ..via Hack a Day und mehr Infos und Photos (Locations) hier im Blog von Aram! / via [...]

  80. Needs to be a female socket with weather cover, then people can use a readily available A to B usb cord to attach. I can see these being exploited to spread Windows nasties very soon unfortunately.

    You current design is prone to breakage and weather intrusion, I can only wonder what it will do to a laptop if water is on the socket when you plug in.

    Morpheus

    31 Oct 10 at 5:43 pm

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  82. Interesting idea,
    but I wonder what the weather is going to do to these, and if your going to go to such effort why not get with other people and create an isolated network separate from the Internet?
    That way you have more people actively using the project and you can have better hardware monitoring for when things break, which is part of the entropic nature of all things.
    And while a wired network would have to have zoning rules and things, you could get with some hobbyists and change the frequency and range of some WAPs and use them without having to worry about anything but the space the box and modded transceiver fit.
    By moding the transceivers you can have the points communicate but still require people to plug in to use them, reducing the chance that someone is just going to bridge the thing over and connect it to the net. WiFi Sniffers won’t be looking in the network range so (for the moment) it could not be wirelessly hacked.

    Another thing to consider for this kind of project would be something like the GURU plug, basically a very low profile server that will allow for larger storage and flexibility, still on a very low budget.

    Maybe bluetooth drop points also, anything to get them out of the rain and snow.

    Tristra

    31 Oct 10 at 6:02 pm

  83. this is awesome. i will install a few of those usb plugs connected to a high-power current cable .)
    can’t wait to fuck up hardware instead a miserable os.

    Dr Doom

    31 Oct 10 at 6:03 pm

  84. I really don’t get the purpose of this. So this guy is going around and destroying public and private property for his own amusement?

    Looks like he is using regular USB drives with no attempt to weather proof them? There is no chance these are going to survive more than a few months. I agree with the above comment. These need to be a weatherproof female socket to have any usefulness.

    bitterresentful

    31 Oct 10 at 6:04 pm

  85. The internet is a place where all of the world’s computers can be connected to each other? Sounds like a great way to spread viruses. Not interested.

    Nick

    31 Oct 10 at 6:12 pm

  86. Was trying to think of ways round the formatting/virus/autorun.inf problem

    Some fancy work using one of these perhaps: http://www.tomshardware.com/news/marvell-sheevaplug-plug-computing-linux,7104.html

    H

    31 Oct 10 at 6:58 pm

  87. [...] ??? ??????????? ????? ?????????? ?? ??????????? : [...]

  88. This is definitely one of the best ideas I’ve seen so far. I would like to see it implemented in more cities around the world. It would be nice to see an organized group taking over this project and organizing smaller groups around the globe.

    Of course there is the problem of malicious people using this to affect third parties, but since this is a community project, I think the community would look out for each other.

    Another thing I would like to see is the reaction of antipiracy groups on this. They might start demanding that this sharing spots be monitored for illegal content or permanently removed.

    Buzu

    31 Oct 10 at 7:29 pm

  89. +1 Nick (31 Oct 10 at 6:12 pm)

    Nice, pithy answer to the nay-sayers. :-)

    Syvwlch

    31 Oct 10 at 8:15 pm

  90. [...] Flickr: Dead Drops -NYC [...]

  91. So how are you going to share the USB locations – on the web?…

    There goes your anonymity…

    metha

    31 Oct 10 at 9:21 pm

  92. Cool, just wait till 4chan finds out about this.

    George

    31 Oct 10 at 9:23 pm

  93. So i find a photo of an usb inside a wall in internet and it gives me a great idea. I google it to see if someone has already done something like that and i find this. It’s similar.. but not the same…

    Great idea dude

    Atu

    31 Oct 10 at 9:41 pm

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  96. for crying out loud people. its just a diy art project.
    guy had a concept, and implemented it.
    its a neat thing, far more creative and thought provoking than sitting around flaming people.
    it doesnt matter how long these things last.
    it doesnt matter if they arent really practical.
    it doesnt matter if they are 100% safe to use.
    its just a funny little thing that you can maybe play with if you come across it.

    i say well done

    sitar

    31 Oct 10 at 10:16 pm

  97. What virusses??, got none on my GLinux box!, even able to put free GLinux on a non-ppc Mac!, U NOOBS!!!. What virusses?.

    Reine

    31 Oct 10 at 10:24 pm

  98. [...] Link: http://datenform.de/blog/dead-drops-preview/ Veröffentlicht in Allgemein [...]

  99. Anyway, nice job Aram!, simple and ingenious as UNIX/GLinux!.

    Reine

    31 Oct 10 at 10:28 pm

  100. great great greatgreatgreat! with this project, you (finally) skyrocketed to my personal list of all time favorite geek artists. oh yes, keep this gorgeousness coming! thank you!

    julie

    31 Oct 10 at 10:43 pm

  101. Wow, this is a horribly-implemented idea. Why not have a small usb drive in the wall, attached to a usb extension cable? Then, have only 3 feet of cable exposed. You think people are going to risk damaging their USB ports and scratching up the side of their laptop for your “social project?”

    Ed jones

    31 Oct 10 at 10:49 pm

  102. Will be filled with nothing but viruses and penis pics within a month.

    bociephus

    31 Oct 10 at 10:51 pm

  103. [...] This artist injected 5 USB flash drivers into walls in New York only (at the moment), buildings accessible to anybody. You can plug-in your laptop and you will find a file readme.txt that explains the project and public p2p files. Copy them or leave new ones for the others! More about the project [...]

  104. This sounds like a terrible idea. Why would I stick my laptop up against a dirty city wall?

    Ben

    31 Oct 10 at 11:30 pm

  105. Heaps cool idea! There’ll be a few people who decided to screw around with it but they need to go get a life.

    I’d have issue with putting my shiny aluminium MacBook Pro against a brick wall… definitely would need to take a USB extension cord.

    Jamie

    31 Oct 10 at 11:37 pm

  106. [...] so this guy has been going around New York embedding USB devices, known as ‘dead drops’, into walls and other objects in public spaces. The idea behind [...]

  107. [...] Art, provocation or just plain criminal activities? Donno, but I like it. Amplify’d from datenform.de [...]

  108. I can’t wait until you release the how-to guide!

    anon

    1 Nov 10 at 12:15 am

  109. Injected deep into its griddle-folds…

    Anonymous Prime

    1 Nov 10 at 12:39 am

  110. [...] Bartholl is mortaring USB drives into walls, curbs, and buildings around New York. These dead drops, as he terms them, are [...]

  111. [...] a preview of “Dead Drops“, a project by Aram Bartholl which he started off during his ongoing EYEBEAM residency in [...]

  112. For the very beginning, its totally cool. But I think people will miss the *connect drop* very soon.
    after all the idea is great.
    Surprise me!

    ZC

    1 Nov 10 at 1:23 am

  113. ah have you guys not heard of the “internet”? you know the world wide web! you could email the files so that you don’t need to walk to the usb wall.

    ben eaton

    1 Nov 10 at 1:47 am

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    1 Nov 10 at 2:47 am

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    moins

    1 Nov 10 at 2:48 am

  122. [...] pelo Tumblr eu fui parar nesse site http://datenform.de/blog/dead-drops-preview/ onde eu achei um projeto super digno de uma pessoa super digna que está implantando USBs pela [...]

  123. [...] Dead Drops (via) is an “an anonymous, offline, peer to peer file-sharing network in public space” created by Aram Bartholl: I am ‘injecting’ USB flash drives into walls, buildings and curbs accessable to anybody in public space. You are invited to go to these places (so far 5 in NYC) to drop or find files on a dead drop. Plug your laptop to a wall, house or pole to share your files and date. Each dead drop contains a readme.txt file explaining the project. ‘Dead Drops’ is still in progress, to be continued here and in more cities. Full documentation, movie, map and ‘How to make your own dead drop’ manual coming soon! Stay tuned. [...]

  124. [...] 単なる飾り?。と思ったら、これ USBドライブとして生きているだそうです。完全開放型 peer to peer ファイル共有システムだそうで、誰でも接続してファイルの読み書きが可能です。もちろんウイルス感染などの危険は全て、接続した人責任です。一体どんなファイルが入っているのか?。チェックしてみるのもおもしろそうですね。記事元のブログで紹介されている場所に行った方、チェックしてみてはいかがでしょう?。記事元:Aram Bartholl – Blog “Dead Drops” preview. [...]

  125. [...] アラムさんが始めた、オフラインファイル共有とも言える現代版デッドドロップ。 [...]

  126. [...] ‘秘密情报传递点(Dead Drops)’是一个在公共场所实施的匿名、离线、P2P 文件分享项目。项目创始人把U盘嵌入到墙壁里、大楼上、计程车里,任何人都可以在公共场所访问。目前这个项目只在纽约市范围内进行。项目参与者需要得到项目发起人的邀请,然后去所在地点放置或寻找藏在情报秘密传递点中的文件。把你的笔记本插在墙上、房子上或电线杆上分享你的文件和日期。每个情报点都包含一个readme.txt 文件,对该项目进行了解释。 [...]

  127. [...] ‘秘密情报传递点(Dead Drops)’是一个在公共场所实施的匿名、离线、P2P 文件分享项目。项目创始人把U盘嵌入到墙壁里、大楼上、计程车里,任何人都可以在公共场所访问。目前这个项目只在纽约市范围内进行。项目参与者需要得到项目发起人的邀请,然后去所在地点放置或寻找藏在情报秘密传递点中的文件。把你的笔记本插在墙上、房子上或电线杆上分享你的文件和日期。每个情报点都包含一个readme.txt 文件,对该项目进行了解释。 [...]

  128. [...] An interesting project from  artist Aram Bartholl [...]

  129. This is a great spin on what I’m helping with. For those who mention the USB security threat. This is completely a MS Windows issue. I got two sites for people. Three actually.

    http://www.open-pc.com/
    http://www.thinkpenguin.com/
    http://www.designed-for-linux.org/

    If you are actually concerned about your freedom and security you can get computers free of the plague that is Microsoft and Apple. There are different entities and projects working on or coming out with free computers running GNU/Linux. Until recently you couldn’t get a free computer.

    Unfortunately non of the other companies selling “Linux” do a decent job. They don’t get freedom. Or target non-techy users. Free computers aren’t at no-cost they just aren’t dependent on non-free software. That is software with restrictive licensing. Free software doesn’t prevent you from doing or using your computer as you see fit.

    With these systems you can be sure you are in full control. Without it you’ll never have a truly secure system. With free software everybody can see whats going on-you don’t get that with non-free software. You’ll never find yourself unable to copy a music CD due to artificial restrictions, find your software maliciously sending back information about your computing habits, or maliciously planting root kits.

    ThinkPenguin and Open-PC are providing commercial toll-free support for the non-techy community. So those of you who think this is for geeks it isn’t. Everybody can participate. Freedom is for everybody. There are a range of support and accessories to meet your needs. You don’t have to worry about “Will it work?” any more. You can still utilize the community of course. Although we are advocating supporting companies who support free software. By doing that we get more freedom compatible hardware.

    Joe

    1 Nov 10 at 6:04 am

  130. This seems like a good idea on the surface. However, as mentioned, the USBs look like the could break or (or worse, be torn off) after too much use. Also mentioned, but bears repeating; in a city as seedy as New York, one can’t help but think these things are already all loaded up with kiddy porn and malware. How will viruses be controlled on a system like this?

    John

    1 Nov 10 at 6:13 am

  131. Seriously? What if someone upload a virus/worm? all computer ever connected to this device will get the virus and worm.

    green design

    1 Nov 10 at 6:48 am

  132. Why not hide a USB drive like a geocache instead of mounting them in walls?

    N.P

    1 Nov 10 at 7:02 am

  133. [...] Digitales Fileshare-Geocaching 01 Nov via datenform.de [...]

  134. [...] [Dead Drops VIA MAKE] [...]

  135. [...] أنت مستعد لتطبيق هذه الفكرة عربياً؟ محلياً؟ في جامعتك؟المصدرأنشر هذا الموضوع var a2a_config=a2a_config||{};a2a_config.linkname="جدران [...]

  136. That is a fantastic idea. You could have a hidden TrueCrypt volume on the flash drive and a puzzle to solve to get in it and have some kine of unique prize available. It could be like a treasure hunt.

    That would be amazing. Think I’ll go off and get that sorted.

    Duncan

    1 Nov 10 at 10:17 am

  137. To every nerd worried about viruses and the such. Your all missing the point. This isn’t about how potentialy bad this could be. It’s about how potentialy awesome it be. It’s art.

    mr X

    1 Nov 10 at 10:31 am

  138. 里面有电脑病毒 大家就爽了

    Mr Chiang

    1 Nov 10 at 11:22 am

  139. 没有个套子神马的么 = =风吹日晒雨淋的 ..
    这个还是蛮有意思的~ =v= 神秘的感觉 ..

    啊袋

    1 Nov 10 at 11:27 am

  140. man, i really like your work

    Fred

    1 Nov 10 at 11:42 am

  141. This recent trend of taking half-brained ideas and ignoring the obvious flaws rather than fixing them, with the excuse that it is ‘art’ is really annoying.

    This is not art, you are simply a failure.

    Bob

    1 Nov 10 at 11:57 am

  142. why not use bluetooth instead of USB?

    bluetooth offers bigger distance, requires less physical preparations and doesn’t need to stand on line with other ppl.

    Israeli Guy

    1 Nov 10 at 12:01 pm

  143. [...] by Aram Bartholl Special Thanks!!: Laughing Squid Original: “Dead Drops” preview blog comments powered by Disqus [...]

  144. Dear Aram,
    cool project. We had the same idea. Our usb is connected to solar panel.

    More about the project:

    http://www.lukashajek.net/hajekporcal/postup3_zabradli.html

    http://www.dum-umeni.cz/cz/vystava/vystava_solars_2010

    Lukas Hajek

    1 Nov 10 at 12:08 pm

  145. [...] Eyebeam resident artist Aram Bartholl has launched a new project called ‘Dead Drops‘ He has installed a series of USB flash drives into publicly accessible building walls in [...]

  146. [...] qui fait penser à La Voix qu’il y a des esprits drôlement ingénieux sur cette planète. Dead Drops est une initiative qui consiste à intégrer des clés USB dans des murs new-yorkais  pour que les [...]

  147. [...] http://datenform.de/blog/dead-drops-preview/ AKPC_IDS += "16082,";SHARETHIS.addEntry({ title: "Flash drive in the wall?", url: "http://mastersofmedia.hum.uva.nl/2010/11/01/flash-drive-in-the-wall/" }); Bookmark on del.icio.us. Tweet Share Post a comment or leave a trackback: Trackback URL. « What are the trends in e-learning? [...]

  148. [...] persona que te da acceso a un archivo?La solución es una curiosa iniciativa en Nueva York llamada Dead Drops, simplemente una serie de personas se dedican a poner memorias USB en paredes rotas, creando así [...]

  149. [...] con una silla plegable. Eso, y un alargador de USB para no rozar el portátil con la pared, claro. [Dead Drops via MAKE]  — Fco. José [...]

  150. [...] The day I have an official office, I`ll have that outside: http://datenform.de/blog/dead-drops-preview/ (Dead drops [...]

  151. [...] iedereen zijn zooi op deze stick kan plaatsen of eraf halen. Best geinig! Foto’s e.d. vind je HIERRR! Strak | Tags: Aram Bartholl, dead drops, USB stick    [...]

  152. [...] (via : “Dead Drops” preview at Aram Bartholl – Blog) [...]

  153. [...] Offline Filesharing: Digitale Astlöcher mit USB und WLAN im Netzpolitik-Blog, der auf ein Projekt Dead Drops von Aram Bartholl verwies, erwuchs eine Diskussion unter einigen Netizens und Piraten, ob man [...]

  154. Dead drops could be seen as an extrapolation of Deadswap, from the collectif Telekommunisten
    http://www.deadswap.net/

    Marie

    1 Nov 10 at 3:22 pm

  155. [...] Read more at his site. [...]

  156. Really interesting idea! – if implementation continues without public corruption, it could be quite revolutionary. Expect technological STD’s…its a public space after all…

    Meher

    1 Nov 10 at 3:51 pm

  157. [...] dem Blog des Künstlers gibt es mehr Informationen zum Projekt und eine Liste der Orte, an denen die Dead Drops zu finden [...]

  158. [...] المصدر [...]

  159. [...] Dead Drops by Aram Bartholl [...]

  160. [...] Aram Bartholl está montando por todo NYC estos baules P2P donde igual dejas información o te la llevas, te dejo los archivos en la esquina de…  ¡buena idea! [...]

  161. [...] http://datenform.de/blog/dead-drops-preview/   [...]

  162. Like a glory hole for data, and with probably as much virus.

    chris

    1 Nov 10 at 5:18 pm

  163. I hope, the same “network” will come in our city very soon ))))

    Tirael666

    1 Nov 10 at 5:58 pm

  164. I hope, the same “network” will came in our city very soon ))))

    Tirael666

    1 Nov 10 at 5:59 pm

  165. [...] projekt egyébként Dead Drops névre hallgat. És itt érhetőek el részletek, és jelenleg már 5 helyen használható a "szolgáltatás". [...]

  166. fucking terrorist

    wat

    1 Nov 10 at 6:46 pm

  167. Автор тупиздень, на дворе 21 век, интернет, передавай все что нужно. Нет бля я пол города буду ехать чтобы скачать файл, который скорее всего удалили, с флешки которую уже скорей всего спионерили.

    Kirich

    1 Nov 10 at 7:02 pm

  168. “Tára le a falat”…etiquette v. grammar παρατηρήσεις κατά μέρος, re: ,
    τίποτα δεν είναι subverting το θέμα.
    Κ. Oswald θα ρωτούσαν «Φοράτε του da Adobe, Τζακ;”.
    Ή το μωσαϊκό δομή;
    Σε περίπτωση που δεν υφίστανται, παθολογικά:
    1. The Museum of Temporary Art is closed.
    2. “Stop Making Sense” Blagon…
    Got Neuman’s, alzeheimers’s or Gold’s?

  169. [...] – anonym, offline, peer to peer Fileshare in den öffentlichen Plätzen, wie auf der Webseite von Aram Bartholl beschrieben wird. Man integriere ein USB-Massenspeichergerät in die [...]

  170. Oh please, stop the panic about virus! Do you think someone would run all the day just to fill usb wall drive that nobody know with some virus when they can instead infect millions of people, just sitting at home with their computer and orange juice ?

    And it’s not like just by plugging your computer, every virus on the drive will take control, no, you should first launch it (yes, autorun should be deactivated). Using internet is 1000 times more dangerous than plugging an usb drive. The security rules are exactly the same for the usb drive of your friend, the web, p2p networks, wall drives, etc :
    - dont execute programs. Other kind of files, like music, etc are (almost) safe.
    - have a good antivirus

    (or use linux :p)

    About the others idea, like wireless drive, etc, don’t forget that such devices need power, batteries, etc, it mean someone should change the batteries often or find some point to plug and then pay electricity, etc. Not so pratical than a simple usb drive.

    Also, you can always improve the technology, but at the end you just build another internet. Some comment talk about creating another isolated wireless network. It already exist, just look at : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wireless_mesh_network

    Hoho

    1 Nov 10 at 7:39 pm

  171. ALL HAIL THE SNEAKERNET.

    @All people worrying about viruses
    YOU ALWAYS NEED ANTI-VIRUS WITH P2P. (Of course, you could just get away with reading the comments with something like bittorrent… Not applicable in this case, I think…)

    What about encrypting and password protecting files on the drives somehow? I mean, you could then share the encrypted keys, maybe? I mean, yeah, it seems like it defeats the purpose, but it might be considered a legal loophole… Or not… I’m not sure. Probably more trouble than its worth, as viruses can be encrypted…

    Andynonymous

    1 Nov 10 at 7:47 pm

  172. [...] is uitgenodigd om de bestanden te kopiëren of om eigen bestanden eraan toe te voegen. De adressen staan hier dus als je in NYC [...]

  173. [...] There is one right down the street from us on Bowery! [Dead Drops] [...]

  174. Der Gummibooten, bitte.

  175. this is a great idea, but it should have a female USB exposed so it’s more discreet. Although it would require an Male Male cord. (which would keep the exposed part from getting broken though.)
    Kudos for the creative idea.

    Goshinbi

    1 Nov 10 at 8:07 pm

  176. aside, re: nothing

  177. [...] Dead Drops je nový projekt berlínského umělce Arama Bartholla – peer to peer sdílení souborů, které paradoxně lze charakterizovat slovy “anonymní”, “offline” a “veřejný prostor”. USB klíčenky vetknuté do zdí či budov jsou přístupné komukoliv. [...]

  178. [...] [...]

  179. Brilliant!! … and thank you for the sake of humanity.

    Please think of a way to do a “nearby deaddrop” feature, similar to how DNS is done on the shizzlenet. No complete list of drops in any given drop, only those accessible in the area.

    Thank you for your renegade thinking, keep it up. The powers that be (PTB) are already crapping in their pants: Markets deteriorating, currencies evaporating, environmental resources exhausted, running out of slaves (us)… this is another nail for their coffin.

    Freedom is at hand, but first let’s get busy with a couple of revolutions. This is one of them.

  180. This brings to mind how this politician were trying to blacklist websites and programs for copyright infringement by file sharing, what an interesting and good solution.

    kantian

    1 Nov 10 at 9:04 pm

  181. Распект мужик!!!!!!

    Жорик

    1 Nov 10 at 9:11 pm

  182. Jason Storm babbled: “…Learn how to internet…”

    Um sorry, but ‘internet’ is not a verb. :P

    But back on topic: cool project! I think I could start this up in Copenhagen too with some success.

  183. The Dead Drop Map :)

    http://www.ikimap.com/mapa/3057

    Jan

    1 Nov 10 at 9:37 pm

  184. ID10T
    I’d hate to lean up against the wall and get jabbed by one of these…
    Did you get permission from the property owners to put this crap in their wall???
    I’m gonna find one and take a hammer to it!!!
    DUMB@SS

    nethaniel

    1 Nov 10 at 9:49 pm

  185. I just have a quick comment, How can I be apart of this I think Charlotte NC would yield a great response. I will do the foot work!! I am very serious. Cheers!

    Nate-Smathers

    1 Nov 10 at 9:56 pm

  186. [...] from NYC, the Dead Drop project has arrived. Creator Aram Bartholl [...]

  187. Emilysima

    1 Nov 10 at 10:32 pm

  188. [...] to Aram Bartholl’s blogpost: The present is a fertile frame for “Data transfer” themed art installations in public [...]

  189. [...] die Zeit der Aktenkoffer in den Mülltonnen. USB Wildwuchs. Blog des Künstlers Dieser Eintrag wurde veröffentlicht unter Kultur, Tech!. Permalink in die Lesezeichen aufnehmen. [...]

  190. [...] en muros y edificios de la vía pública, al alcance de cualquiera. En palabras del propio autor, Dead Drops es una red P2P totalmente anónima y offline implantada en espacio público.Dichas unidades tan [...]

  191. [...] Eyebeam.org & Aram Bartholl Blog Tags: Dead [...]

  192. ¡genial! faltan ideas así y sobran mentes perversas y retorcidas que se dedican a sabotear proyectos altruistas y amables como éste

    ¡bravo!

    manolai

    1 Nov 10 at 11:28 pm

  193. [...] Dead Drops | vía [...]

  194. [...] Add Comment   yahooBuzzArticleHeadline = "Interesting Reading #613 – Dead Drops, Mount Everest tower, How many habitable planets?, amazing landslide and much more!"; Why Is There a USB Drive Sticking Out of This Wall? – “Why Is There a USB Drive Sticking Out of This Wall?Across New York, there are USB drives embedded in walls, buildings and curbs. The idea is to create an anonymous, offline file-sharing network in public space. The drives are completely public and anyone can plug in to drop and download files…” See also: “Dead Drops” preview [...]

  195. Who really wants to huddle up next to a wall browsing a random list of files somebody else thought was important when you can already get everything you could ever dream of on the internet?

    Stan

    1 Nov 10 at 11:50 pm

  196. Awesome initiative! It’s nice to be amused with peoples’ creativity! Let’s share knowledge!

  197. [...] Bartholl writes: I am pleased to preview ‘Dead Drops‘ a new project which I started off as part of my ongoing EYEBEAM residency in NYC the last [...]

  198. But are they truly accessible to wheelchair users or little people/dwarfs?

    Rico

    2 Nov 10 at 12:41 am

  199. [...] sharing your personal information through your computer anymore. And with his new project “Dead Drops,” German digital artist Aram Bartholl is making sure no New Yorker can escape the urge to [...]

  200. The whole concept is just extraordinary, but you guys are funny. “People will drop viruses” and all. People don’t need to, the digital vermin will travel by themselves.

    Again, fantastic idea in many ways, but I’d never plug any device of mine in that. (Unfortunately) We live in a real world, you know.

    godzilla_foil

    2 Nov 10 at 12:55 am

  201. [...] idea for sharing… ideas! And other [...]

  202. [...] Aram Bartholl has an interesting installation in NY – Personally there is no way I would connect my laptop up to a USB found just hanging out of [...]

  203. [...] an idea on what this could be used for.  The ‘techno dead drop’ is a new concept that Aram Bartholl started.  From his website: I am pleased to preview ‘Dead Drops’ a new project which I started off as part of my [...]

  204. [...] anonymous and untraceable method for file sharing. Developed as part of his residency at EYEBEAM, Dead Drops is part interactive installation, part file sharing network, part social experiment. Bartholl [...]

  205. [...] Peer-to-peer file sharing network. [...]

    noconceptoftime

    2 Nov 10 at 3:52 am

  206. [...] البته برای وصل کردن کامپیوتر به چنین حافظه ای باید مراقبت ویروس ها و دیگر بدافزارها هم بود. اما اگر شما روی دیواری در خیابان چنین چیزی ببینید واقعا دلتان نمی خواهد از درونش سر در بیاوردید؟      Dead drops [...]

  207. haha this is awesome??

    haha great…

    can i do these here in the philippines??

    franz

    2 Nov 10 at 4:50 am

  208. [...] out all the photos here, and on Aram Bartholl’s blog here. Blog, Inspiration, [...]

  209. [...] Блог автора идеи и фотографии: datenform.de/blog/dead-drops-preview/ [...]

  210. [...] fosse aqui no #brasil o povo iria rancar a parede, não acha? http://datenform.de/blog/dead-drops-preview/ #p2p #free #usbwall #ppbr [...]

  211. [...] think the idea is to leave digital “drops” for people to deposit information at will, at [...]

  212. [...] che accade online, pensano a soluzioni alternative. Aram Bartholl ha inaugurato il progetto “Dread Drops” che fornisce un servizio (p2p) anonimo, in spazi pubblici, di condivisione file. [...]

  213. If you want a virus GO FOR IT

    Daniel

    2 Nov 10 at 7:45 am

  214. [...] Dead drops Share and Enjoy: [...]

  215. Put one in LA!

    Taylor

    2 Nov 10 at 7:54 am

  216. [...] пять, все они в Нью-Йорке, их адреса можно посмотреть в блоге автора. Он обещает увеличивать их количество и даже [...]

  217. if you are worried about viruses. DON’T PLUG IN ANYTHING. simple as that. i think it would’ve been better if the USB was completely inside the wall, so that the user has no option but to use a cord, to prevent damage. maybe a tiny removable cover would be good to prevent water or something from rusting and damaging it

    SUCRAM

    2 Nov 10 at 8:53 am

  218. [...] 3) USB-Sticks in Wänden – http://datenform.de/blog/dead-drops-preview/ [...]

  219. [...] am pleased to preview ‘Dead Drops‘ a new project which I started off as part of my ongoing EYEBEAM residency in NYC the last [...]

  220. [...] Dead Drops Share it:Ähnliche BeiträgeNabelschnur lädt iPhone auf Kunst, USB Kommentar schreiben [...]

  221. I’m thinking about expand your idea to Hong Kong city…

    ParkaDude

    2 Nov 10 at 10:02 am

  222. Gorgeous idea! Awesome play with possibility!

    The giant string of replies is great documentation/revealing of the thousands of poor bastards overrun with fear. And of all the small-minded people who criticize art and innovation for not being practical.

    Your project is definitely something.

    Omar

    2 Nov 10 at 10:09 am

  223. [...] TVDead Drops Category: Art, GadgetsPosted on: November 2nd, 2010 by Guga Dead Drops by Aram Bartholl. USB keys cemented into walls and buildings as digital drop spots. “Dead Drops is an [...]

  224. [...] a preview of “Dead Drops“, a project by Aram Bartholl which he started off during his ongoing EYEBEAM residency in NYC. [...]

  225. [...] Bartholl is the person behind “Dead Drops”, an anonymous, offline, peer to peer file-sharing network in public space. He is ‘injecting’ [...]

    Kulture

    2 Nov 10 at 10:45 am

  226. What a nice idea. I’d love to hook up to one of these and see what was inside, if there weren’t so many malicious people in the world.

    You’ve managed to generate some hilarious comments here, too! I’m surprised that whoever left the one about a 5 year-old gouging their eyes out on this could get past the invisible commenting boxes… That was a deliberate initiative test, wasn’t it?

    Laurence

    2 Nov 10 at 11:31 am

  227. [...] Peer to peer file-sharing takes a bizarre twist thanks to USB technology, moving from its usual online forum to brick walls, subway stations and riverside walks. Artist Aram Bartholl is merging art and science with his living, breathing installation project dubbed with the spy-like title, “Dead Drops.” [...]

  228. А русские флешки не спиздят?

    Russian

    2 Nov 10 at 11:48 am

  229. [...] See Dead Drops here [...]

    Dead Drops «

    2 Nov 10 at 12:06 pm

  230. [...] “Dead Drops is an anonymous, offline, peer to peer file-sharing network in public space. I am ‘injecting’ USB flash drives into walls, buildings and curbs accessable to anybody in public space. You are invited to go to these places (so far 5 in NYC) 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…” [...]

  231. [...] updated the concept for the modern age. His Dead Drops project involves placing USB flash drives around the city; [...]

  232. [...] By vharitonov • November 2, 2010 via datenform.de [...]

  233. [...] Most találtam rá a neten erre az oldalra: http://datenform.de/blog/dead-drops-preview/ [...]

  234. [...] ‘Dead Drops’ is an anonymous, offline, peer to peer file-sharing network in public space. There has been ‘injected’ USB flash drives into walls, buildings and curbs accessable to anybody in public space. You are then invited to go to these places (so far 5 in NYC) to drop or find files on a dead drop… Very cool!! More info at Aram Bartholl… [...]

  235. [...] has a list of the five current Dead Drops locations on his blog. So, if you’re in NYC and you visit one, let us know what you find there, and what you leave [...]

  236. This is stupid. 5? really? pretty much just a waste of money. Someone could easily put some powerful virus on one of these and destroy whatever computer gets plugged in.

    Dead Drops indeed.

    Adam

    2 Nov 10 at 3:10 pm

  237. [...] ‘Dead Drops’ is an anonymous, offline, peer to peer file-sharing network in public space. I am ‘injecting’ USB flash drives into walls, buildings and curbs accessable to anybody in public space. You are invited to go to these places (so far 5 in NYC) to drop or find files on a dead drop. Plug your laptop to a wall, house or pole to share your files and date. Each dead drop contains a readme.txt file explaining the project. ‘Dead Drops’ is still in progress, to be continued here and in more cities. More info here. [...]

  238. I love the geek snobs on here spouting how “Linux is best” and “Only morons would run Windows”.

    Yeah, you guys may be smarter, but who is going to love this idea and plug in? The people who don’t know any better and who plug in to be a part of “art”.

    Congrats on being smarter than that, way to be self centered. We all applaud your smugness about running superior computer crap.

    The jackasses plugging in won’t even read this site….

    Sally

    2 Nov 10 at 3:24 pm

  239. [...] part of his EYEBEAM residency Aram Bartholl has been installing USB flash drive “Dead Drops” around NYC to encourage people to anonymously share files offline in public [...]

  240. This is stupid.

    sweet

    2 Nov 10 at 3:43 pm

  241. [...] del progetto Dead Drops Aram Bartholl ha installato 5 unità flash USB in giro per NYC e ha invitato chiunque a collegarsi con il proprio [...]

  242. [...] [...]

  243. I like. This is hilarious! If I might make a suggestion…how about a weather resistant cover with a 2D barcode on it that links to a web page explaining dead drops and allows for anonymous users to comment or list what they dropped/picked up. They could log in with an MD5 hash located on the dead drop thumb drive. I think I’ll try this near where I live.

    David

    2 Nov 10 at 4:12 pm

  244. Wonderful… the simple ideas are always the bes ideas. I think some kind of policing is going to be essential due to malware or virus, but I’m sure you have already thought of this. but yes I see this as a leap forward in man kinds freedom to communicate. This can only be a good thing.

    Matthew Sutton

    2 Nov 10 at 4:15 pm

  245. [...] drop or find files. ‘Dead Drops’ is still in progress, to be continued here and in more cities. On his website, Adam Bartholl announces that full documentation, movie, map and ‘How to make your own dead [...]

  246. Hey that’s the ultimate solution to the problem of being chased by the music industrie :-)))

    Have a look at the new Data transmission protocol: CPIP

    http://www.blug.linux.no/rfc1149/

    ;-)))

    viupetrel

    2 Nov 10 at 4:35 pm

  247. [...] “Dead Drops” ist ein Projekt des Künstlers Aram Bartholl. Dieser baut USB Sticks in Mauern, Gebäude, Bordsteine und andere für jeden frei zugängliche Bauwerke. Es geht darum ein anonymes, offline basiertes, peer 2 peer Netzwerk im öffentlichen Raum zu schaffen. Bis jetzt gibt es allerdings erst 5 “Drops” in New York City, wo man seine Dateien tauschen kann. Die Grundidee erinnert an die sogenannten “toten Briefkästen”, die man aus Geheimagenten Filmen (James Bond lässt grüßen) kennt. Vielleicht findet sich ja auf einem der Flash Laufwerke bald eine Kopie der CIA-Aufzeichnungen zum Kennedy Attentat oder Goethes Faust übersetzt in Swahili. >Hier gehts zur Dead Drops Page. [...]

  248. I forgot to mention CPIP is the carrier pigeon internet protocol

    http://www.blug.linux.no/rfc1149/vegard_bilder/tn/16packet_one_attaching.jpg.html

    http://www.blug.linux.no/rfc1149/vegard_bilder/tn/18pigeon_sitting.jpg.html

    viupetrel

    2 Nov 10 at 4:40 pm

  249. [...] things to go awry, but conceptually, this artistic offline/cyberpunk project is an awesome idea! Dead Drops.   [...]

  250. [...] Aram Bartholl: “I am pleased to preview ‘Dead Drops’ a new project which I started off as part of my ongoing EYEBEAM residency in NYC the last couple weeks. ‘Dead Drops’ is an anonymous, offline, peer to peer file-sharing network in public space. I am ‘injecting’ USB flash drives into walls, buildings and curbs accessable to anybody in public space. You are invited to go to these places (so far 5 in NYC) 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 contains a readme.txt file explaining the project. ‘Dead Drops’ is still in progress, to be continued here and in more cities. Full documentation, movie, map and ‘How to make your own dead drop’ manual coming soon! Stay tuned. [...]

  251. [...] am pleased to preview ‘Dead Drops’ a new project which I started off as part of my ongoing EYEBEAM residency in NYC the last couple [...]

  252. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/L­emon_battery
    +
    http://www.eye.fi
    ?????????????????
    profit!

    eman

    2 Nov 10 at 5:41 pm

  253. Nice idea! Let me know when you have a location in Berlin!

    King Fisher

    2 Nov 10 at 5:56 pm

  254. [...] at Datenform. AKPC_IDS += "24489,"; Share This [...]

  255. [...] schöne Idee hatte Aram Bartholl, als er kürzlich damit begann, elektronische tote Briefkästen in New York zu installieren. [...]

  256. [...] Drops es un proyecto independiente de Aram Bartholl. Consiste en poner memorias flash en diferentes partes de la ciudad para que la gente deje ahí sus [...]

  257. [...] par l’artiste américain Aram Barthol, un très gros coup de coeur pour le projet Dead Drops, une installation qui dépasse tous les QR codes et autres connections wifi pirates en proposant de [...]

  258. I hope these things don’t catch an std (virus)

    Andie

    2 Nov 10 at 6:36 pm

  259. [...] Drops its a new project by Aram Bartholl.. Is an anonymous, offline peer to peer file-sahring network in public space, in other words, a [...]

  260. An idea which is great but execution dead on its birth. Use Bluetooth instead!

    Martti

    2 Nov 10 at 7:06 pm

  261. [...] Aram Bartholl, Dead Drops – NYC [...]

  262. i checked the DD location at the new museum this morning and the USB was not there! major bummer. i suppose will have to investigate the other locations….

    zoe

    2 Nov 10 at 7:18 pm

  263. Love it.

    Someone smashed out Bowery location as of about 2 hrs ago. Union Square still humming though. Added a StickyBits tag incase anyone wanted to add anything to it as well.

    Dastardly

    2 Nov 10 at 7:28 pm

  264. [...] social experiment going down in NYC…. “I am pleased to preview ‘Dead Drops‘ a new project which I started off as part of my ongoing EYEBEAM residency in NYC the last [...]

  265. [...] eine ziemlich coole und originelle Idee des Künstlers Aram Bartholl! [...]

  266. [...] muren, gebouwen en stoepranden. De openbare sticks maken deel uit van het kunstproject ‘Dead Drops‘ van Aram Bartholl. Het idee erachter is om anoniem en off line data te kunnen delen. [...]

  267. [...] here in New York has started a new project that literally integrated technology into the city. Aram Bartholl’s “Dead Drops” is a public file-sharing network that places USB flash drives into buildings, walls, and curbs that [...]

  268. WOW, just WOW!

  269. [...] datenform via thedailywhat [...]

  270. Una USB, che spunta dal muro!…

    Guardate l’immagine sopra riportata: sicuramente qualcuno si starà già chiedendo cosa ci possa fare un connettore USB che spunta dai mattoni di un muro. Prima di darvi la risposta, vi diciamo che non si tratta di un fotomontaggio, ma di una foto…

    ICTBLOG.it

    2 Nov 10 at 9:05 pm

  271. [...] and encouraging people to hook up their computers and upload or download to their hearts content. Aram writes about the project on his [...]

  272. [...] pobrano z: Dead DropsDead Drops by Aram Bartholl. USB keys cemented into walls and buildings as digital drop [...]

  273. Yours is good for a laugh…ours works, you jokers!

    sean

    2 Nov 10 at 10:13 pm

  274. [...] εμπνεύστηκε ο Aram Bartholl κατά τη διαμονή του στην Νέα Υόρκη σε ένα πρόσφατο [...]

  275. [...] The project received a name “Dead Drops”. As of today, there are 5 hidden sticks in NYC, but it looks like there is going to be a lot more judging by the inspirational comments on the artist’s blog. [...]

  276. you should combine it with geocaching. its a new type of cache! They have a system of logging where they are, and tracking who left what

  277. [...] via “Dead Drops” preview at Aram Bartholl – Blog. [...]

  278. [...] réseau de partage de fichier dans l’espace public, le projet Deap Drops initié par l’artiste Aram Barthol consiste en plusieurs clé usb dans certains murs de la [...]

  279. [...] “Dead Drops” preview at Aram Bartholl – Blog Ein nicht-internetgestürtzes Peer2Peer Sharingnetzwerk in der Stadt. (tags: p2p art streetart networking usb) [...]

  280. [...] Learn More! [...]

    Design Shmasign

    3 Nov 10 at 2:40 am

  281. “Dead Drops” preview at Aram Bartholl – Blog…

    Info on my projects, exhibitions, events, friends and anything related to neo-analogue, diy, privacy, games, and streetart….

    smash-up.com

    3 Nov 10 at 2:46 am

  282. [...] MAKE Magizine SOURCE: Adam Bartholl [...]

  283. [...] Posted on November 3, 2010 by thepeel It isn’t espionage.  It’s art.  ”Dead Drops” is an interactive, anonymous, offline, peer to peer file-sharing network in public space. [...]

  284. [...] solución es una curiosa iniciativa en Nueva York llamada Dead Drops, simplemente una serie de personas se dedican a poner memorias USB en paredes rotas, creando así [...]

  285. [...] A megosztó pontok száma a tervek szerint bővülni fog. További részletek és fotók: http://datenform.de/blog/dead-drops-preview/ [...]

  286. great idea !!!
    but, we have to many bad players in the world.
    It is to much risk when you use a USB-Stick to share files

    LTC

    3 Nov 10 at 8:19 am

  287. [...] and encouraging people to hook up their computers and upload or download to their hearts content. Aram writes about the project on his [...]

  288. [...] is an anonymous, offline, peer to peer file-sharing network in public space. American artist Aram Bartholl is ‘injecting’ USB flash drives into walls, buildings and curbs accessable to anybody in public [...]

  289. [...] want file-sharing gaat van online naar offline. New Yorker Aram Bartholl zet de trend met zijn project Dead Drops en maakt het via usb-drives mogelijk om op diverse fysieke locaties bestanden met elkaar te delen. [...]

  290. [...] enthusiastic feedback and massive media attention! I haven’t expected this at all. The little preview post turned out to become a major project release. This means while I try to hold up against a [...]

  291. [...] Dead drops by Aram Bartholl: [...]

  292. [...] is happening is a bit of performance art mixed with equal parts of fileswapping and DIY fervor.  A New York artist named Aram Bartholl came up with the idea of creating USB “Dead Drops,&#8221… which are quite simply data storage spaces put in public areas for all to use.  Got a computer and [...]

  293. [...] 1 Dead Drops Dead Drops [...]

  294. [...] Bartholl is mortaring USB drives into walls, curbs, and buildings around New York. These dead drops, as he terms them, are [...]

  295. [...] რომლებსაც თავად ბართოლი Dead Drops უწოდებს. მთავარია, რომ ხულიგნებმა [...]

  296. [...] Dead Drops is an anonymous, offline, peer to peer file-sharing network in public space. The artist, Aram Bartholl, injects USB flash drives into walls, buildings, and curbs accessible to the public.  Anyone is invited to hook in  to drop or find files on a dead drop.   there are just 5 in NYC so far, but he hopes to add more, as well in other cities soon. [...]

  297. It’s exiting but pointless.

    Dugong

    3 Nov 10 at 2:14 pm

  298. [...] or download to your heart’s content. Aram Bartholl writes: “I am pleased to preview ‘Dead Drops’ a new project which I started off as part of my ongoing EYEBEAM residency in NYC the last couple [...]

    Connceptdesign

    3 Nov 10 at 2:59 pm

  299. [...] telefones públicos para que as pessoas possam compartilhar arquivos. O nome do experimento é Dead Drops, basta você plugar seu notebook ou outro gadget em algum desses dispositivos e ver o que tem [...]

  300. better: we can make a local lan and interconnect whit others lan via wifi wds

    zk1k

    3 Nov 10 at 3:43 pm

  301. [...] incuriosito da questa installazione dell’artista berlinese Aram Bartholl chiamata “Dead Drops” che permette di accedere ad un archivio di file lasciati offline anonimamente dai passanti [...]

  302. People have a tendency to hate and point out the potential downsides of art.

    Don’t let it get you down. Awesome project.

    Danny Bixby

    3 Nov 10 at 4:11 pm

  303. [...] more about the project on Aram’s blog: http://datenform.de/blog/dead-drops-preview/ Photos Aram [...]

  304. [...] erschafft Bartholl “ein anonymes, Offline-Filesharingnetzwerk im öffentlichen Raum”, wie der Künstler schreibt. Ob in einer Hauswand, ob in einer Treppenstufe, jeder kann hingehen, seinen Laptop anschließen [...]

  305. [...] Queria ver o Eduardo Azeredo regulamentar isso. “Dead Drops” preview at Aram Bartholl – Blog. [...]

  306. [...] šo brīdi mākslinieks Aram Bartholl ir uzsācis jauno projektu, kas saucas ”Dead Drops”. Viņš ir ieviesis – iebūvējis USB zibatmiņas pilsētas māju sienās, un tās ir [...]

  307. [...] erschafft Bartholl “ein anonymes, Offline-Filesharingnetzwerk im öffentlichen Raum”, wie der Künstler schreibt. Ob in einer Hauswand, ob in einer Treppenstufe, jeder kann hingehen, seinen Laptop anschließen [...]

  308. Очень интересная идея. Попробую вмонтировать парочку флешек. Только у нас в России их, скорее всего, на следующий день вырвут:)

    Сергей

    3 Nov 10 at 6:13 pm

  309. [...] trata de Dead drops y tal y como ven en la imagen, se trata de usb’s literalmente emparedadas en la vía [...]

  310. [...] Источник [...]

  311. [...] cerca de 5 lugares em Nova York já tem uma prévia do projeto te esperando pra interagir. No site do artista ele promete que vem mais cidades por [...]

  312. I’m fascinated by this idea. Tech and Security issues aside, it makes me want to install these everywhere I go.

    Hal

    3 Nov 10 at 9:50 pm

  313. For all of you that don’t understand why it’s art:
    It is getting people thinking, and looking at things around them, and imagining possibilities, whether negative (viruses!) or positive (down with information control!). It is stimulating discussion.
    Art does not have to be pretty, and it certainly doesn’t have to be “useful”. This project is useful, in terms of an art project, for the reasons above.

    Crimson Cass

    3 Nov 10 at 9:51 pm

  314. [...] Dead Drops via Bluetouff [...]

  315. [...] Aram’s blog and the official ‘Dead Drops’ page for more information and [...]

  316. “Dead Drops” preview at Aram Bartholl – Blog…

    Kunstnik Aram Bartholi loodud failivahetussüsteem «Dead Drops» ei kasuta üldse internetti, ei juhtmevaba ega traadiga….

    kaevur.com

    3 Nov 10 at 10:25 pm

  317. [...] one that is definitely intriguing to say the least. From the creator: I am pleased to preview ‘Dead Drops‘ a new project which I started off as part of my ongoing EYEBEAM residency in NYC the last [...]

  318. In China, Iran or North Corea it would be great.

    Lex Blagus

    3 Nov 10 at 11:49 pm

  319. [...] de datenform 0   0 [...]

  320. [...] Aram Bartholl, Dead Drops – NYC [...]

  321. Please bring this to L.A.!!!!

    Joe

    4 Nov 10 at 7:05 am

  322. [...] commun accord afin de pouvoir se les échanger sans se rencontrer physiquement…. Ce projet new yorkais applique ce principe de manière numérique. Des clés USB sont scellées dans des murs de New York [...]

  323. [...] de détails sur son blog. [...]

  324. [...] egyébként nincs a blogposztban, illetve a honlapon, ahol bemutatja az ötletet. Szóval nem valamiféle torrent-aktivista a srác, [...]

  325. [...] Dead drops site [...]

  326. [...] crack down on it. So as a way to facilitate P2P file sharing which is truly anonymous, the ‘dead drop‘ has been created.‘Dead Drops’ is an anonymous, offline, peer to peer file-sharing [...]

  327. [...] “Dead Drops is an anonymous, offline, peer to peer file-sharing network in public space” by artist Aram Bartholl [...]

  328. [...] Bilder sowie die genauen Standorte der verschiedenen Sticks gibts auf Aram’s Blog. (via) Tweet von hotzen in Der Rest vom [...]

  329. [...] queréis saber más sobre el proyecto de Aram Bartholl, podéis informaros en su blog y ver su álbum de Flickr. No sabemos el éxito que tendrá, pero sí podemos avanzar que su [...]

  330. [...] DeadDrops [...]

  331. [...] Fotos von diesem tollen Projekt findet Ihr auf seinem Flickr-Profil und auf seinem Blog. Ich kann mich nur nochmal wiederholen: Ich finde die Idee einfach [...]

  332. [...] USB Harddrives in NYC [...]

  333. [...] pelo designer alemão Aram Bartholl, o  Dead Drops é um projeto de compartilhamento anônimo de arquivos em espaços públicos – um P2P [...]

  334. [...] yürürken duvardan uzanan bir taşınabilir bellek ucu görseniz ne yaparsınız? Aram Bartholl isimli bir şahıs merak etmiş… Bir sanat projesi olan bu ilginç fikir oldukça dikkatimi [...]

  335. This is simply fantastic. Well done Aram! I hope this opens up new doors for you!

    Amena Khan

    5 Nov 10 at 12:50 am

  336. [...] 02. “Dead Drops” Preview (above) “I am ‘injecting’ USB flash drives into walls, buildings and curbs accessable to anybody in public space. You are invited to go to these places (so far 5 in NYC) 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 contains a readme.txt file explaining the project.” (arambartholl) [...]

  337. All of the cynicism and anger directed toward this really makes me sad. This is a fun and unique project. I love it!

    Theo

    5 Nov 10 at 4:29 am

  338. “Dead Drops” preview at Aram Bartholl – Blog…

    Info on my projects, exhibitions, events, friends and anything related to neo-analogue, diy, privacy, games, and streetart….

    designfloat.com

    5 Nov 10 at 5:51 am

  339. Pop Up in Hong Kong news.

    http://hk.dv.nextmedia.com/template/dv_channel/index.php?fuseaction=dv15.player&mode=section&id=15335&range=d&dv_iss=20101105&sort=view&iss_id=20101105&sec_id=15335&art_id=14628041&av_id=14628641&page=4

    Sam.Choi.

    5 Nov 10 at 6:22 am

  340. It would really suck if someone came be and put, i dont know, say a virus in one of those.

    zoop55

    5 Nov 10 at 9:06 am

  341. [...] “Dead Drops” preview at Aram Bartholl – Blog. [...]

  342. [...] Fotos von diesem tollen Projekt findet Ihr auf seinem Flickr-Profil und auf seinem Blog. Danke auch an meine Freunde von DetailVerliebt für diesen tollen Artikel! Tags: Agenteuer, [...]

  343. [...] part of an inventive art project titled “Dead Drops,” Aram Bartoll has embedded countless USB drives into walls, buildings, and curbs around New York [...]

  344. [...] l’ultimo progetto di Aram Bartholl: dead drops. Se vi trovate a New York potrete connettervi in alcune zone segnalate [...]

  345. Please do it also in Milano!!!!

    Gabi

    5 Nov 10 at 12:19 pm

  346. [...] Oooo, secret USBs hidden in the walls of NYC. This entry was posted in wknd links and tagged weekend links. Bookmark the permalink. ← museum of m-f awesomeness. [...]

  347. 30 seconds before they are all full of viruses

    James

    5 Nov 10 at 3:50 pm

  348. [...] info on the project at Aram Bartholl’s blog. This entry was written by rvalle, posted on November 5, 2010 at 5:02 pm, filed under Random, [...]

  349. [...] interesting feature post ranked him in Technorati's Top 5 Most Influential Blog Posts among the likes of big boys [...]

  350. Ty káďo, to je skvělý nápad! Kamera chválí!

    Wořech

    5 Nov 10 at 7:53 pm

  351. [...] a chiunque individui tramite una speciale mappa i  dispostivi sparsi per New York. Ecco il link al blog dell’autore con alcune foto esplicative. Appena collegati appare il readme.txt che [...]

  352. but cool…. how do you not suppose that people will not put viruses on these.

    it will happen, people are stupid like that.
    its an awesome concept i love it. but unsafe.

    this is kind of dumb...

    5 Nov 10 at 10:44 pm

  353. [...] You can find more information, including where exactly these drops are location on his website. [...]

  354. [...] Adaptado de datenform [...]

  355. [...] Dead Drops [...]

  356. [...] between two people, without requiring them to meet. Spies used them to exchange spyware. But now Adam Bartholl has modified this concept for a digital [...]

  357. [...] ‘Dead Drops’ is an anonymous, offline, peer to peer file-sharing network in public space. Adam Bartholl has been ‘injecting’ USB flash drives into walls, buildings and curbs accessable to anybody in [...]

  358. [...] “Dead Drops” preview [...]

  359. [...] “Dead Drops” – "‘Dead Drops’ is an anonymous, offline, peer to peer file-sharing network in public space. I am ‘injecting’ USB flash drives into walls, buildings and curbs accessable to anybody in public space. You are invited to go to these places (so far 5 in NYC) to drop or find files on a dead drop. Plug your laptop to a wall, house or pole to share your files and date. Each dead drop contains a readme.txt file explaining the project." [...]

  360. [...] son tarjeta La UE, a favor de regular el “derecho al olvido” en las redes sociales “Dead Drops” preview Alcohol ‘more harmful than heroin’ says Prof David Nutt Amazing Facts About [...]

  361. [...] Deaddrops [...]

  362. [...] Dead drops [...]

  363. [...] ‘Dead drops’ is a cool project by a guy who basically drops USB sticks all over town. He sticks them in walls, buildings, and curbs on streets all over New York City. [...]

  364. [...] http://datenform.de/blog/dead-drops-preview/ [...]

  365. Very cool project! I’m definitely going to seek out a drop!

    TheAL

    7 Nov 10 at 2:10 am

  366. [...] dead drops [...]

  367. [...] uncommonman And the blind shall see michaelrowe01 Island of lost/abandoned video games epredator Dead drops rickmans Live trains [...]

  368. [...] “Dead Drops” [...]

  369. [...] findiger Künstler aus Berlin hat mit seinem USB Dead Drops Projekt für etwas Aufsehen im Netz gesorgt. Ganz nach dem Prinzip des toten Briefkastens hat er dabei [...]

  370. AWESOME! Can’t wait. Any in L.A. Kathleen?

  371. [...] “Dead Drops“, a project by Aram Bartholl which he started off during his ongoing EYEBEAM residency in NYC. It is an anonymous, offline, peer to peer file-sharing network in public space. Aram “injected” 5 USB flash drives into walls, buildings and curbs accessable to anybody. You are invited to go to these places to drop or find files on a dead drop. Plug your laptop to a wall, house or pole to share your files and date. Each dead drop contains a readme.txt file explaining the project. I guess the most prominent location is right next to the New Museum, the other 4 locations are listed on Aram’s website. [...]

  372. [...] via http://deaddrops.com/ [...]

  373. [...] “Dead Drops” preview at Aram Bartholl – Blog (datenform.de) [...]

  374. I JUST PUT A KEYLOGGER ON EVERY ONE OF THESE AWSOME THANKS I HOPE TONS OF PEOPLE USE THEM.

    BIGDICK

    8 Nov 10 at 5:25 am

  375. What an abysmally stupid, ill-conceived, recklessly dangerous thing to do. Only someone completely ignorant of computer security would think that this is in any way a good idea.

    And to you arrogant Linux users – you’re a little safer, but don’t think that you’re invincible. Even a well-maintained, up-to-date Linux desktop system has multiple unpatched flaws that can be used to launch a privilege escalation attack. Connecting compromised hardware directly to your computer is a monumentally stupid thing to do, regardless of what operating system you are using.

    An absurdly simple attack would be to covertly replace the USB memory stick with something that sends a power spike over the USB line. It takes about 10 sec to wire a 120v ac power line to a USB plug.

    You don’t even need an external source of power to do an attack like this. Anyone with a rudimentary knowledge of circuit design could whip up something that say charged a capacitor off of the +5v USB line and then blasted all the stored charge back over the ground line when the cap is full. If it takes 30 sec for the capacitor to charge, all you have to do is salt the USB drive with a file that takes 31 seconds to download, and every sucker who comes along is going to fry their computer. Add a simple microcontroller and you can have it zap one in 6 people who connect to it. Fancy a game of russian roulette with your brand-new $2000+ macbook?

    Simply put, there’s no virus scanner or operating system in the world that’s going to protect you against piece of malicious hardware that’s connected directly to your computer.

    JAPH

    8 Nov 10 at 5:39 am

  376. Format wars…

    Juju

    8 Nov 10 at 6:22 am

  377. Nice project Aram! Hope to find these on my next visit to NYC.

    joseph

    Joseph DeLappe

    8 Nov 10 at 6:31 am

  378. [...] über das Projekt des Bremers gibt es entweder auf seiner privaten Homepage oder der speziell für die Dead Drops eingerichteten Webseite. Dort findet man auch alle [...]

  379. [...] em espaço público, ou seja, qualquer um pode pegar e deixar aquivos neles, o projeto chamado Dead Drops foi criado por Aram [...]

  380. [...] Te duci cu laptopul si lasi diverse date in 5 locuri (momentan) din NY. Mai multe aici. [...]

  381. [...] Visto en : “Dead Drops” preview at Aram Bartholl – Blog. [...]

  382. [...] Drops, a project by Aram Bartholl, is an anonymous, offline, peer to peer file-sharing network in public space. USB flash drives are [...]

  383. Very cool idea, i’m planning to place a dead drop in Utrecht near the School of Arts. Hopefully the first one in the Netherlands!

    Joost

    8 Nov 10 at 2:24 pm

  384. [...] poco me encontré con una página que describía un proyecto bastante loco, pero genial. El amigo Aram Bartholl tuvo una idea genial. Insertar un pen-drive a una pared con un txt instructivo y dejarlo ahi para [...]

  385. [...] info: Dead Drops Preview & Dead Drop [...]

  386. [...] part of his EYEBEAM residency Aram Bartholl has been installing USB flash drive “Dead Drops” around NYC to encourage people to anonymously share files offline in public spaces. Here’s [...]

  387. [...] 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 [...]

  388. Il faut garder en mémoire la recette de ce samizdat numérique, capable d’échapper au blocus du net si le temps se gâte. En temps de paix, reste la belle idée d’un échange «en dur» aléatoire et sans enjeu.

    carmelo panebianco

    10 Nov 10 at 10:38 pm

  389. What about weather damage?

    daveydooks

    11 Nov 10 at 1:01 am

  390. I will sincerely go around and break all of these.
    You better watch them.

    Onii

    11 Nov 10 at 2:40 am

  391. [...] “Dead Drops” preview at Aram Bartholl – Blog. [...]

  392. The New Museum dead drop has been cut… I saw that tonight (this wednesday)

    SK

    11 Nov 10 at 4:09 am

  393. Moure Vyruses! :D

    Name

    12 Nov 10 at 11:20 am

  394. Funny, most likely you will gonna end up with scratches on laptop.

    John

    12 Nov 10 at 2:36 pm

  395. It’s already been pointed out that you can’t prevent malware from ending up on the drives, but you could make sure that people using the drive know the risks. Set it up as an encrypted drive and make the drivename a url that you own. Provide instructions for accessing it and the password, as well as a warning about the dangers, on the website. This ensures random people won’t plug in and get owned.

    only_samurai

    14 Nov 10 at 9:38 am

  396. i Just put the 1st dead drop in Barcelona Spain !
    outside of the auditorium Av Meridiana on the top of the smals stairs located in the small parc area

    RaStiScaR

    14 Nov 10 at 7:22 pm

  397. I love this idea, despite its many obvious flaws. It is just awesome in its sheer pointlessness. It just puts the whole concept of a computer network on its head; instead of moving data to a particular computer, you are moving computers around to find particular data. It is as if the postal service no longer brings a letter to your house, but instead expects you to move your house were it has placed the letter.

    Instead of P2P, this sort of “network” needs a different name, because it doesn’t connect “Peer to Peer”. I propose calling it a m2m(pbuh) network. It stands for Mountain to Mohammed (peace be upon him).

    Earthborn

    15 Nov 10 at 1:33 am

  398. It’s interesting to see the distribution of people based on their comments’ themes.
    There are nearly 400 comments, I will assume this was made by 400 individuals.
    – Of these, one (Aram) had an original and inspiring idea.
    – About two hundred thought this was interesting enough to share with others.
    – Another hundred thought along the lines “this is dangerous”.
    – There were at most fifty who knew that users should be responsible for themselves and not use these without proper precautions.
    – About thirty said explicitly it was a brilliant idea and/or contributed ideas on improving it.
    – And there were less than twenty who were immediately thinking about how it could be used for evil, like uploading viruses or frying PCs with current.

    I’d like to think that this is how people view things in general.
    Most of them are interested, curious and like to tell things. (A)
    Many fear the unknown, thinking there are people who would spend time and energy to cause harm to others. (B)
    Lots of people know how to identify the dangers and defend against them. (C)
    Several think of ways to improve on things. (D)
    And a few think of ways to intentionally destroy things. (E)
    But only one has a fantastic idea AND sacrifices time money and energy to make it reality. (F)

    We need more of the C, D and especially the F people.

    Z

    15 Nov 10 at 2:25 am

  399. So, basically, what you have created is a digital ‘Glory Hole’ for laptops and such. Stick your PC on the anonymous USBenis sticking out of the wall, and get yourself a batch of download to the face, not to mention that pesky virus that just won’t go away.

    Something to learn from creepy sex practices is that they don’t translate well into other areas of life either.

    Notintheface

    15 Nov 10 at 9:01 pm

  400. love the idea.

    dead drop being something from espionage.

    a single usb dead drop like this can be made b/w 2 people or a small group of people that want to share information…

    it doesn’t need to be globally public.

    but being public makes it fun.

    nice comments on all the possibilities (positive or otherwise) of something like this.

    i like the idea of it because it’s another avenue for freedom.

    would be nice if you are in a remote island somewhere in the pacific and you suddenly see a coconut tree with a usb sticking out of it :)

    with that idea… how about a usb “message-in-a-bottle” sort of thing…

    put any info in a usb, stick it in a bottle, cork it, seal with wax for waterproofing (include a dessicant for the moisture, put usb in a foil to reflect sunlight, etc) throw the bottle in a river/harbor/from a plane as you are crossing the ocean….

    timeline 2030: someone in another part of the world picks up the bottle, opens it, hey it’s a usb… oh. we don’t have usb ports anymore in 2030.. throws it back to the ocean…

    nocti

    16 Nov 10 at 12:12 am

  401. Besides the numerous amounts of people who have mentioned about possible virus leaks pertaining to the passing of information from one computer to the other, I think it’s incredible that this project highlights such an amazing device that we often taken for granted.

    Patricia Ann

    16 Nov 10 at 5:03 am

  402. Wie ein Regenbogen,Wie bald ein Sommerwind。Die Sterne standen lachend auf dem Boden Nicht immer verstehen nicht genug wissen, Wenn ich verliebt in dein Lächeln,Wie, wie man eine Sammlung von Sind Sie froh, nicht für mich ,Won’t Let Go ist in der Tat 。 Wenn ein Windstoß blies den Drachen in den Himmel ,mbt preisGebet und Segen sei mit euch und bewegt durch ,Schließlich im Meer am Ende der Schatten verschwunden ,mbt sandalenNur auf der Suche nach den Schmerz zu weinen lachen
    Dass du und ich diesen Hügel ,Song des Jahres als das Singen ,Genug, damit die Erinnerungen .mbt preis Genug für meinen Geschmack der Einsamkeit jeden Tag

    guannuo

    16 Nov 10 at 9:29 am

  403. [...] “Dead Drops” preview at Aram Bartholl – BlogLike glory holes for artsy data. [...]

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    sodomie

    17 Nov 10 at 9:02 am

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    Rindile

    18 Nov 10 at 5:15 pm

  406. Also mentioned here: http://www.potz.blitz.szpilman.de

    Szplmn

    20 Nov 10 at 10:36 am

  407. So I went and found the one under the Brooklyn Bridge today, sadly it has been sealed up with cement. you can only see the very bottom edge of it if you look hard.

    Alec

    22 Nov 10 at 12:23 am

  408. Virus protection will always be behind the compromise, or there would never be viruses. I watched Mark Russinovich talk at a conference and the two things that sticks in my head are:
    1. Root kit creators are always one step ahead of detection.
    2. He stated that if he ever found malware on his computer, he’d format it because you will never know if it’s been “cleaned”. He also suggested that everyone follow that rule.

    C.

    P.S This an excellent idea.

    Chris

    24 Nov 10 at 4:29 pm

  409. “Interesting idea, but it will soon be trolled. People will erase all files, people will format it, people will install viruses in autorun.inf form. You can’t expect no trolling in publicly accessible data.”

    I’m pretty sure when Wikipedia was created, someone said that.

    Asdf

    25 Nov 10 at 7:51 pm

  410. I am an owner of a building restoration company in Ohio. Great concept – next time I restore a masonry structure I am “dead dropping” the project scope / restoration work in the structure.

    Wideglide

    27 Nov 10 at 1:54 pm

  411. wow, somebody is about to get a virus

    anon

    7 Dec 10 at 5:06 pm

  412. its great, but how bout instead of a USB stick. how about some sort of a hard drive. get rid of the physical dangers of it, like tearing clothes on it.

    Spencer

    21 Dec 10 at 7:36 am

  413. dont those things stop working when they get wet?

    tomato man

    22 Dec 10 at 12:06 pm

  414. these things will be used for illegal uses I can guarantee it for example it could be used for anonymously dropping off cp.

    abc123

    12 Feb 12 at 7:50 am

  415. It is just awesome in its sheer pointlessness. It just puts the whole concept of a computer network on its head

    kennet

    15 Feb 12 at 12:11 pm

  416. Interesting idea:)))

    Atestat Informatica

    17 Feb 12 at 9:18 pm

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    Mamovie

    25 Feb 12 at 7:31 am

  418. Aha! The ultimate, post-modern SneakerNet (VansNet if you’re a sk8boarder)…
    Awesome!

    BigDogRMF!

    29 Feb 12 at 8:55 pm

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    gregg

    4 Mar 12 at 1:02 pm

  422. Awesome project, Congratulations!

    Jes Rocha

    11 Dec 12 at 9:48 pm

  423. [...] project. So far there’s over 1,000 USB flash drives scattered around the world and you can visit Aram’s blog to get more info for the locations of their USB flash drives. If you visit their official dead drop [...]

  424. This project is so AWESOME,
    this will have the DMCA really busy! LOL
    imagine them going on the streets looking for these USB Flash drives!

    I’ve shared your project on my site,
    http://www.strangeorwhat.com/usb-flash-drive-filesharing-network-project-dead-drops/

    hope more and more people will use this method,
    Information is suppose to be FREE!!!

    Brenian Strange

    9 May 13 at 6:36 am

  425. [...] 70 knows that there is a usb drive sticking out of that brick wall. This is a new project headed by Aram Bartholl. It’s real life offline peer to peer file sharing. The idea is that you drop files into [...]

  426. [...] is a worldwide network of USB drives called Project Dead Drop. It involves USB drives that are plastered into brick walls with the connector sticking out. People [...]

  427. WONDERFUL way to spread viruses and malware!!! Let me know if you come up with more brilliant ideas … ROFLOL!

    Plus, it will give the government more access to cyber attacks, their agents only need to load up their malware, and let you take it home — save them work of having to use the microsoft backdoor they have.

    Winston Court

    4 Jul 13 at 4:11 pm

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