The Transparency Grenade

A beautiful new weapon for leakers.

Credit: transparencygrenade.comCredit: transparencygrenade.com

It’s usually not a good idea to pull the pin out of a grenade in the middle of a meeting. But this resin and sterling silver replica of a Soviet F1 hand grenade isn’t ordinary ordnance. 

Designed to instantly and anonymously publicize what’s going on in closed-door meetings or other secret confabs, the hardware-stuffed Transparency Grenade releases a burst of data when activated. Audio files, network traffic, and location information are streamed to a dedicated server, where useful fragments like email messages and voice recordings are harvested and displayed on a map. The idea, creator and artist Julian Oliver told the blog We Make Money Not Art, is to enable “network-leveraged leaking” by deploying a “functional weapon in a symbolically representative container.”

This gorgeous grenade is a one-off, unfortunately. But Oliver is hard at work on an application that will run discretely on Android phones and tablets, mimicking the capture and streaming functions of the original. “Naturally,” he explains on the project’s website, “this is a little more practical than walking into a meeting with a grenade in your jacket pocket.”

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  • Almanian's Evil Twin||

    I WANT ONE!

  • Pip||

    TIGGY!!!! TIGGY!!!!

  • cw||

    We Make Money Not Art

    YES!!!

  • Drake||

    What civilians don't realize is that most grenades have 2 pins (technically 1 pin and 1 safety clip). Nothing is more embarrassing than forgetting to strip the safety clip off before throwing the grenade down range. You wait for the ka-boom that never happens.

    Obviously Obama is forgetting the safety clip as he throws his transparency grenades.

  • JudJudder||

    Dude the humans have craeted the technogrenade! Report to HQ now lol.

    www.Planet-Privacy.tk

  • Pip||

    TIGGY!!!! TIGGY!!!!

  • Whiterun Guard||

    You can pull my pin any time you want, Mangu, if you know what I mean and I think that you do.

  • Hugh Akston||

    Stop that.

  • Whiterun Guard||

    Nah.

  • Pro Libertate||

    Is this like The Nude Bomb?

  • SugarFree||

    "This bra bomb had better work, Nerdlinger!"

  • Paul.||

    this is a little more practical than walking into a meeting with a grenade in your jacket pocket.”

    Sexy, but yeah. Imagine the TSA gangbang if you traveled with that.

  • anon||

    Hah! Yeah, right. Like the TSA would be able to successfully identify a weapon.

  • ant1sthenes||

    I don't think the TSA wants to give a guy with a grenade any trouble.

  • T||

    I'll just add that you life-long civilians can get away with this stuff. I walk into a meeting and pull a replica weapon out of my pocket or briefcase, whoever is by the door had best move or they'll get trampled. The civilian world has internalized 'all vets have PTSD' to a disturbing degree.

  • anon||

    Duh. You're one of those "unstable" extremists just by -looking- at Reason. I'm quite surprised you haven't off'd everyone at work already.

    Or at least that would be the scenario as the MSM would have be believe it.

  • Drake||

    Reminds me of David Hackworth's story about picking people for his team. During the interview he would play with a (dud) grenade and accidentally pull the pin and drop it.

    The guys who were out the door in a flash - or chucked the grenade out the window were in. The ones who froze were out.

  • anon||

    I think you confused this story with the Captain America movie.

  • Drake||

    Probably where they got the idea - Chapter 6.
    http://www.hackworth.com/Raiders1.html

  • Brandybuck||

    M*A*S*H did it first

  • Drake||

    I'm pretty sure M*A*S*H came after the actual Korean War.

  • fried wylie||

    the hardware-stuffed Transparency Grenade releases a burst of data when activated.

    Look, terrorism is terrorism. Anyone purchasing or using one of these devices should expect all the jackbootery they receive in-turn.

  • Sam Grove||

    All cell phones are prohibited at this meeting.

  • ||

    Lana: You're just going to leave him with a grenade up his ass

    Archer: Yes, Lana! I'm on a rampage! And also kidding, it's a smoke grenade.

  • anon||

    *boom*

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    I'll just add that you life-long civilians can get away with this stuff. I walk into a meeting and pull a replica weapon out of my pocket or briefcase, whoever is by the door had best move or they'll get trampled. The civilian world has internalized 'all vets have PTSD' to a disturbing degree.

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    The Transparency Grenade
    A beautiful new weapon for leakers.

    Katherine Mangu-Ward from the July 2012 issue

    It’s usually not a good idea to pull the pin out of a grenade in the middle of a meeting. But this resin and sterling silver replica of a Soviet F1 hand grenade isn’t ordinary ordnance.

    Designed to instantly and anonymously publicize what’s going on in closed-door meetings or other secret confabs, the hardware-stuffed Transparency Grenade releases a burst of data when activated. Audio files, network traffic, and location information are streamed to a dedicated server, where useful fragments like email messages and voice recordings are harvested and displayed on a map. The idea, creator and artist Julian Oliver told the blog We Make Money Not Art, is to enable “network-leveraged leaking” by deploying a “functional weapon in a symbolically representative container.”

    This gorgeous grenade is a one-off, unfortunately. But Oliver is hard at work on an application that will run discretely on Android phones and tablets, mimicking the capture and streaming functions of the original. “Naturally,” he explains on the project’s website, “this is a little more practical than walking into a meeting with a grenade in your jacket pocket.”

  • tipuasher||

    Another provocative thought piece and some great comments. Thanks for sharing.
    http://Giresuntso.org

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