The Transparency Grenade

Published: Thu 03 January 2013

Network intervention device, exploit enactor 2012, 2014

The lack of Corporate and Governmental transparency has been a topic of much controversy in recent years, yet our only tool for encouraging greater openness is the slow, tedious process of policy reform.

Presented in the form of a Soviet F1 Hand Grenade, the Transparency Grenade is an iconic cure for these frustrations, making the process of leaking information from closed meetings as easy as pulling a pin.

Equipped with a tiny computer, microphone and powerful wireless antenna, the Transparency Grenade captures network traffic and audio at the site and securely and anonymously streams it to a dedicated server where it is mined for information. Email fragments, HTML pages, images and voice extracted from this data are then presented on an online, public map, shown at the location of the detonation.

Whether trusted employee, civil servant or concerned citizen, greater openness was never so close at hand..

The Transparency Grenade
Photo by Khuong Bismuth, 2014 The Transparency Grenade
Photo by Khuong Bismuth, 2014

Acquire The Transparency Grenade

Three remaining editions of the Transparency Grenade (from a run of five) are available for purchase by private collectors, signed in silver by Julian Oliver. Please get in touch using the contact page above if you are interested.

Official Site

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Exhibition History

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