Random Darknet Shopper, deep shopping


Have you ever tried to give pocket money to spendthrift software? Mediengruppe Bitnik unleashed an online shopping bot at Agora Market Place, one of the most flourishing markets of the deep‐web. With a budget of $100 a week in Bitcoin and the freedom to choose from more than 16,000 objects, legal and not so legal, the result could only be controversial, so much so that it merited an exhibition at the Kunst Halle Sankt Gallen, Switzerland, called The Darknet: From Memes in Onionland. A pair of counterfeited Diesel jeans, 200 Chesterfield cigarettes, a baseball cap with a hidden camera, 10 ecstasy tablets… these are some of the objects that the bot delivered directly to the exhibition, in an approach that seems to reference the bot Amazon Random Shopper by Darius Kazemi. The police station a few meters from the exhibition hall did not seem interested in the illegal items on display, but it’s a coincidence that the Random Darknet Shopper project also survived an operation in which the FBI recently closed many markets online quite similar in nature to Agora Market Place. This police action, together with the exhibition, urged discussions and reflections about the actual safety and anonymity of the TOR network, and regarding the legal debate that arises in the midst of different Internet laws. In an open network, which includes so many different jurisdictions, it becomes very difficult to understand what laws are applicable and which goods are actually illegal, especially when starting from the specific country of the buyer or seller. Benedetta Sabatini


!Mediengruppe Bitnik erklärt Random Darknet Shopper @ :digital brainstorming