In the current state of climate emergency and the specter of a global ecological collapse, the Internet of Dead Things Institute is dedicated to repurposing so-called obsolete ICT
We create and re-purpose devices, from some of the 50 million tons of toxic e-waste that traditionally end up in landfills each year, into new and open source tools
In February 2009, France Télécom indicated the Minitel network still had 10 million monthly connections. France Télécom retired the service on 30 June 2012
MinitelSe is an Open Source Operating System (“Système d’Exploitation”) running on a dedicated hardware designed for the 1980’s french Minitel.
Running on single board computer the Operating System acts as a gateway to the Internet and offers a set of tools and software.
After been decommissioned in 2012, and to avoid having to recycle them, millions of the initially state owned Minitels were given to their users by the french government.
Many of those devices are still available, fully functional and unused. With this in mind, the Internet of Dead Things Institute, has decided to design an interface that would allow anyone to reuse this device beyond its initial capacity.
MintelSe allows its users to stream radio, browse the Internet in text mode, play games (Tetris, Worms, …), read the news, do chat, send and receive encrypted messages, and more.
New tools and dedicated hardware are been developed by our engineering team on an ongoing basis.
Our ongoing research is focused on identifying new obsolete devices to resurrect and repurpose into new open source tools.
Our mission is also to educate and empower a broad audience on how to hack and re-purpose obsolete and often black-box technologies in order to design their own tools.