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Prism Break Barbie is a response and solution for girls who want to protect their data beyond just encryption. In less than 5 minutes, you can create a simple, discrete and TSA approved, non-threatening device to destroy hardware.

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profile without coverage in place

profile without coverage in place

 

Prism Break Barbie is equipped with a 3-inch and .6 ounces concealed spring-loaded spike which can be activated by sitting the doll on any Smart phone, USB or hard drive or by a push/click of the hand. The spikes force when triggered will shatter the hardware.

 

 

How to Make Your Own Prism Break Barbie in 5 minutes or less:

1. Purchase Barbie or doll of your choice

2. Decide on a spike (I recommend a LifeHammer orĀ ResQME)

3. Ductape or drill the the spike into place and you’re ready to engage.

 

The Result:

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Why?

General attempts to preserve privacy among activist and hackers often can feel inaccessible for those with do not have extensive computer literacy or a background in programming. Security, especially at the hardware level is often expensive, complex, and layered in additional standards which can make it feel unapproachable. In the wake of revelations about PRISM, many are left wondering what they can do immediately. Answers are often fogged by politics and complex code based solutions. Although fluency in programming is becoming an important requirement to survive in a read-only society it is also not an immediately attainable standard.

Privacy has become a luxury only for the initiated. More so, education around it is often distributed within networks of programmers. Programmers are more often than not majority male populations. In parallel terms, surveillance indirectly forms part of the larger system of exclusion towards minorities and women. Mainstream political debates on surveillance are fixated on personal liberties of highly literate users rather than quick approachable cheap solutions for many.

Prism Break Barbie is about starting a conversation and awareness around the palpable consequences of surveillance and presents a solution for security based on combative humor, speed projects and attainability. Although encryption is perhaps the most effective means of data protection, Prism Break Barbie hopes to serve as conversation and starting point.

 

Where:

Prism Break Barbie will be on exhibition at PRISM BreakUp. Opening tonight, October 4th, at Eyebeam NYC.

 

 

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We know what the white girls say, and what flute players say, and even what black guys say to pregnant girls. But what don’t you know who said what to whom? Has anyone said this shit?

A live search engine for all the shit people say. Over 700 videos at last count.
A collaboration with Lindsey Weber and Tanner Ringerud at BuzzFeed.

Speed Project: 8 hours

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Posted on January 31, 2012

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Kinect Russian Roulette is a speed project by Theo Watson, which allows you to play Russian Roulette with just your hand and a Kinect.

The project was made in 3 hours at the Art Hack Day at 319 Scholes and is made with openFrameworks 007 and ofxKinect.

This project is tongue and cheek and is not endorsed by anyone or any brand. Just a ridiculous idea which needed to be made :)

Code ( very messy ) will be posted to github.

Links:
Theo Watson: theowatson.com
Art Hack Day: http://319scholes.org/art-hack-day
openFrameworks: openframeworks.cc

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Posted on January 27, 2012

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Internet Explorer 6 – the bane of web developers everywhere. How do you create modern, standards compliant web sites for a browser that never met standards?

  1. Fix your issues for all the modern browsers.
  2. go have a sandwich.

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Posted on December 2, 2010

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