Dead Drops all over town

You must be incredibly sharp-sighted if you manage to spot one of those tiny metal connectors that almost unnoticed invaded urban spaces.

But what on earth are Dead Drops? In a nutshell:

‘Dead Drops’ is an anonymous, offline, peer to peer file-sharing network in public space.

More precisely, Dead Drops are USB keys that are cemented into walls or firmly attached to other immovable items, like sidewalks, bridge railings, rocks, trees, and many other places. Anyone can use them for off-line, anonymous file sharing.

Connecting your laptop, however, might prove to be a bit tricky if you don’t have a cable at hand:

And that particularly if you are connecting to a Dead Drop on an escalator:

It doesn’t look like it makes for convenient movie nights.

Only recently I discovered that we even have some Dead Drops here in Prague, and I passed so often and never noticed them. I’m not sure if I want to try them, but I love the idea to remember the materiality of digital devices in times of the cyberspace.

According to its creators’ website, the project started in October 2010 by Aram Bartholl in New York. Prague is therefore not the first and only place where you can connect your laptop and possibly catch a virus. I even must admit, that the guys in Brno have proven to be more innovative with an inbuilt LED:

Find the nearest Dead Drop on this map or directly on your mobile phone. Applications are available for iPhone and Android.

photos taken from deaddrops.com