Sometimes the online world reveals unsuspected parallel dimensions. This is an unknown restyle of Neural independently (and secretly as we never knew about it) made by NY-based Motion and Graphic Designer, Clarke Blackham. Very nicely made, perhaps only a bit glossier for the magazine’s line, it testifies once more how even your most familiar outcomes can have another life somewhere else.
deadSwap is a clandestine offline filesharing system that uses secret local anonymous SMS gateways to route a USB memory stick among participants. Using independently operated SMS gateways means that the system does not require Internet availability. This also implies, if certain precautions are taken, that the system can be very private and difficult to monitor. The route of the USB memory stick and the identity of the other participants are not known by the users. Participants are asked to behave like secret agents. As if involved in a spy game, users choose to play one of three roles: the rabbit, the sleeper, or the agent. To get started users can download a zip file from the website containing the deadSwap wiki and drop folder with the content. A secret agent’s handbook is provided as well. deadSwap was developed by Dymitri Kleiner and the Telekommunisten group. According to their statement, Social Web has replaced the peer-to-peer Internet. The egalitarian nature of P2P social networking has been undermined by the commercial interests of client-server systems, where the interactions of the users are controlled and mediated by site operators. Therefore the free file sharing system can only survive through covert operations. As with all Telekommunisten projects the goal is to promote understanding of the relationship between the distribution of productive assets, political power and global exploitation. It also investigates how worker-controlled enterprises can contribute to solving problems. Oddly enough though, the top hits returned by search engines when searching for “deadSwap” are the Flickr and Facebook pages where Dimitri Kleiner posted: “anybody interested in setting up a deadSwap network in their local area?”. Does independent P2P need Web 2.0 to promote itself?