A professor from NYU Steinhardt named David Darts has come up with a file sharing box called the PirateBox. Inspired by the free culture and pirate radio movements, the PirateBox uses Free, Libre, and Open Source Software (FLOSS) to create a wireless network that users can connect to and anonymously share digital files such as music, video, and images. All users have to do is connect to it, launch their web browser (which should automatically redirect them to the PirateBox page) and start uploading or downloading files. The PirateBox doesn’t connect to the internet – to subvert tracking and preserve user privacy so users can be sure that they won’t get into any trouble using the network. The best part about the PirateBox is that anybody can build it, and David Darts has even shared the instructions online for anyone to use. Watch a video demo of the PirateBox in action after the break. Can you see yourself building a PirateBox of your own?
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