One person in Iran, for instance, seems to be using a dead drop to tell people where to buy the best weed.
And why would people stick random USB drives into their expensive laptops, given that computer viruses notoriously travel via USB thumb drives?
People, of course, aren’t doing this because it’s the only way to trade whatever information they’re sharing. Think of it like a scavenger hunt for adults with a modern art twist.
If you decided to plant something for a total stranger to pick up, what would it be?
People are sharing all types of information in these drops.
In a recent interview, Aram Bartholl, who started the whole idea with a drop in NYC, said someone found a USB with a “downhill sledding video posted by a couple in Switzerland.” In Toronto, the thumb drives have contained food recipes and porn.
According to to Bartholl, people have uploaded a total of 8,945 GB of data to the drops—or roughly enough information to fill about 80 laptops.So why do people feel the need to place random information on a thumb drive, cement it into a wall and publish the location on this website for some stranger to find?Around the world, people are filling up USB drives with everything from porn to personal stories, and then hiding them inside walls, steps and phone booths in the hopes that strangers will find them.It’s based on the espionage concept of a dead drop—the idea that any sort of container can be left by Person A and picked up by Person B without them ever having to interact.Except there’s one important difference: In this case, Person A doesn’t know who Person B will be.In the five years since the first USB drive was stashed—the dead drops have even had their own show at New York City’s Museum of Modern Art—over 1,400 of them have been placed in dozens of countries, including South Africa, Ghana, Germany, Iran and Russia.