A friend of mine shared a link to this website http://deaddrops.com/ which is a social computing installation experiment that is spreading across the world. In the creators own words “Dead Drops is an anonymous, offline, peer to peer file-sharing network in public space.”
I started watching the video on how this experiment is supposed to work and its basically people installing a USB drive onto a wall in a public space using some cement and others come around with their computers and plug them into these USB drives and download and share the data. Right away security risk red flags went up everywhere in my head.
This installation serves as a testament to how ignorant and misinformed most people are. Connecting your laptop to these mounted USB drives, is like opening your house for a thiefs and inviting them over to sniff through your stuff. It’s crazy and the sad thing is that common people don’t even understand the nature of the risk.