Prism Break Barbie: Destroy Your Data Before They Get You

October 14, 2013 | Marina Galperina

Activist? Hacker? About to have your cover blown, your data drive read or your phone searched? Not to worry. From F.A.T. artist Addie Wagenknecht, meet Prism Break Barbie

The Barbie is equipped with a 3-inch and .6 ounces concealed spring-loaded spike which can be activated by hand or by sitting the doll on a USB or SSD drive. The spikes force when triggered will shatter hardware.

In less than 5 minutes, you can create a simple, discrete and TSA approved, non-threatening device to destroy hardware.

Data encryption is still the most effective way to keep your data/activities secure, this tool — exhibited recently at the PRISM BreakUp exhibition and workshop series at Eyebeam NYC — is about starting a conversation…

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.

…and smashing up your shit, if needed.