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.
Newstweek also signals a word of caution, that a strictly media-defined reality
is a vulnerable reality; that along the course of news distribution there are
many hands at work, from ISP workers, numerous server administrators and
wireless access point owners.
Moreso, with the increasing ubiquity of networks and their devices comes greater
ignorance as to their function, offering a growing opportunity for manipulation
of opinion, from source to destination.
Newstweek was developed by Julian Oliver
and Danja Vasiliev, 2011.