In March 2011 along with Xavier Belanche we presented the session “Sharing is not stealing” at the Bookcamp Kosmopolis at the Centre of Contemporary Culture of Barcelona. To reflect on sharing behaviours around digital materials, we built and brought to the session a PirateBox.
PirateBox is an easy to use, private and secure self-contained mobile communication and file sharing device. It is an open source artefact and guidelines oh how to build one are broadly available online. Using a PirateBox any physical space can become a network for sharing files among users in proximity in a p2p fashion.
This device was inspired by the pirate radio and free culture movements. It utilizes Free, Libre and Open Source software (FLOSS) to create mobile wireless communications and file sharing networks where users can anonymously chat and share all sorts of digital content.
As the Internet becomes increasingly controlled by governments and corporations, devices like the PirateBox become crucial as they enable free and anonymous networks thru which users may continue sharing content. If coupled with the fantastic DIY bookliberator then there’s a chance that knowledge will remain free.