Newstweek: Virtual Media Distortion-Device


(Vimeo Direkthack, via Hackaday)

Julian Oliver und Danja Vasiliev haben Newstweek entwickelt, das ist ein kleines Gerät, das irgendwo in der Nähe eines Hotspots oder einem freien WLAN eingestöpselt wird und damit erlaubt, per ARP-Spoofing Fake-Meldungen auf Newsseiten zu platzieren. Grandiose Mischung aus DIY-Kultur, Reality Hack und Medienkunst.


(Vimeo Direktnews)

Newstweek is a device for manipulating news read by other people on wireless hotspots. Built into a small and innocuous wall plug, the Newstweek device appears part of the local infrastructure, allowing writers to remotely edit news read on wireless devices without the awareness of their users.

While news is increasingly read digitally, it still follows a top-down distribution model and thus often falls victim to the same political and corporate interests that have always sought to manipulate public opinion.

Newstweek intervenes upon this model, providing opportunity for citizens to have their turn to manipulate the press; generating propaganda or simply 'fixing facts' as they pass across a wireless network. As such, Newstweek can be seen as a tactical device for altering reality on a per-network basis.

Hier die Website zum Projekt, hier eine Anleitung zum Selberbauen, Bericht aus einem Einsatz des Teils in einem Café in Berlin: Hidden device distorts news at hotspots