You’ve just found data you shouldn’t have access to. Men in grey suits are coming to kill you. What do you do? A new viral craze has the answer. Data dead-drops.

YouCom-Peer-to-peer-file-sharing-goes-viral-IMAGE-3Imagine the scene. Highly sensitive files, the sort of data that Hollywood tells us attracts men in grey suits ready to kill. Where do you offload it? A new viral craze has the answer. A media artist, Aram Bartholl, created ‘data dead-drops’. USB sticks embedded in walls all around the city, all around the world. Peer-to-peer file sharing in the physical world in true Banksy style.

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YouCom has found the idea is spreading, growing to 1,500 dead-drop locations worldwide. It allows for anonymous, offline, file-sharing as a new kind of social network. If you have some homework or coursework for a friend, leave it in the wall by the side of Starbucks. Possibilities are endless and a new form of media sharing is born.

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USB flash drives are embedded into walls, buildings and even curbs! Accessible to anybody in public space. Aram Bartholl invites everyone to take part and drop or find files on a dead drop. Each dead drop is installed empty except a readme.txt file explaining the project. If you want to install a dead drop in your city or neighbourhood follow the ‘how to’ instructions and submit the location and pictures.

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To find out more, watch this upbeat video https://vimeo.com/16620712 or follow these instructions https://deaddrops.com/dead-drops/participate/

And don’t forget to Tweet YouCom Media about what you uploaded and where.

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