Africa's cellphone sneakernets for music sharing


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#2

I’ve been enjoying the tunes supplied by a link somewhere in the midst of the slideshow all afternoon: http://sahelsounds.bandcamp.com/album/balani-show-super-hits-electronic-street-parties-from-mali


#3

Wait, there’s a means of communication the NSA can’t monitor?


#4

only because they don’t care enough to check, yet. If they suspected this sort of process was being used for things they’d actually want to listen to, they’d find a way.


#5

Welcome to my life before the Internet.

We called the networks “Adidasnet”, and used tapes instead of solid-state storage (for both music and computer games), but the principle was the same.


#6

It’s called “informants”. Or also “rats”, “narcs”, “infiltrators”, “covert agents”, “moles”, “plants”, and a myriad of other names.


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This was also on Afropop Worldwide a couple of months ago: http://www.afropop.org/10910/sahel-sounds-modern-music-from-mali/


#8

It’s awful hard to tap Sneakernet, as you point out it requires “Humint,” which they say the US is getting worse at.


#9

This reminds me of a site that I would like to share with you guys.

Awesome Tapes from Africa


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