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Apr

The Walking DeadDrops

This is a repost from http://www.saint-clair.net. A bit of fun with all the craziness involved in ownership and censorship over the wires. I really think that the technology has evolved beyond economic and governmental boundaries and that current institutional structures just haven’t caught up with the fact that they are outdated. Sure, most likely governments and countries will start to tightly control, restrict and monitor everything. But as things expand exponentially, I think it’s an outdated mode of thinking. We need to embrace this new sea of data and rethink our conceptions of economy and the core structures of society. Think about all the great things that could happen if we made more things accessible instead of rationing them to the highest bidder.

The repost starts here:

How to survive the post censorship apocalypse – (Exhumed DeadDrops travel through publics transports)

In a world where the Internet is being more and more monitored and filtered, there is an urge to find new ways to send and share data over uncensored networks.
Apart from the traditional computer networks, there are other kinds of networks that could be used to transfer data from point A to point B in a Point-to-Point way without worrying too much about technical solutions to counterfeit Internet censorship and stupid copyright laws.
The public transport network is one of them and it can be used to anonymously transfer data via physical devices like USB keys or memory card at a quite reasonable speed compared to usual networks, especially when transferring large volumes of data.
The WalkingDeadDrops project proposes a solution to send data (using a USB key duct taped under a seat) to someone else in a city (video was shot in Paris).
In a way, that’s the Wifi version of you carrying laptops, phones, portable hard drives, DVDs, USB keys.

More info below the video

Protocol definition
- recipient ask for data
- sender packages data in a storage device (USB key, memory card)
- sender sends data and inform recipient
- recipient gets the data
- if missed, data will bump from one side of the line to the other

Advantages
- anonymity
- rather fast
- not monitored
- not censored
- not filtered

Warning
- packet loss happen here too
- encrypt your data when needed
- avoid compression (= mind your steps)
- non routing protocol unless you pay homeless people to do that for you (let’s do that during SXSW next year)
- some lines are forked at their extremities
- strikes happen
- shit happens here too

Also works on buses, tramways.
Works very randomly with taxis, pedestrians.

Soundtrack “First to the Bar” by Arctic Sunrise

Inspired by Aram Bartholl’s DeadDrops project

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