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Avoiding Facial Recognition of the Future 258

Posted by timothy
from the like-in-paul-theroux's-o-zone dept.
hypnosec writes "A New York-based designer has created a camouflage technique that makes it much harder for computer based facial recognition. Along with the growth of closed circuit television (CCTV) , this has become quite a concern for many around the world, especially in the UK where being on camera is simply a part of city life. Being recognized automatically by computer is something that hearkens back to 1984 or A Scanner Darkly. As we move further into the 21st century, this futuristic techno-horror fiction is seeming more and more accurate. Never fear though people, CV Dazzle has some styling and makeup ideas that will make you invisible to facial recognition cameras. Why the 'fabulous' name? It comes from World War I warship paint that used stark geometric patterning to help break up the obvious outline of the vessel. Apparently it all began as a thesis at the Interactive Telecommunications Program at New York University. It addressed the problems with traditional techniques of hiding the face, like masks and sunglasses and looked into more socially and legally acceptable ways of styling that could prevent a computer from recognizing your face. Fans of Assassin's Creed might feel a bit at home with this, as it's all about hiding in plain sight."
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Avoiding Facial Recognition of the Future

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  • Don't forget IR (Score:5, Insightful)

    by plover (150551) * on Wednesday January 04, 2012 @05:36PM (#38589264) Homepage Journal

    Add IR opaque contact lenses or eyeglasses. Otherwise a camera sensitive to IR could still locate your eyes easily using the Ghost Hunters effect.

    I mean hey, if you're willing to paint your face like a zebra and wear a jellyfish wig, popping in a set of otherwise clear contacts should be nothing, right?

  • by icebike (68054) * on Wednesday January 04, 2012 @05:39PM (#38589310)

    It would seem anyone running around painted this way would attract more police attention than just wearing a slouch hat. Perhaps it might be easier to just get (make) an Infrared LED Hat [boingboing.net]. Or maybe, take control of your government and vote them out until they remove the cameras [bigbrotherwatch.org.uk].

  • by tatman (1076111) on Wednesday January 04, 2012 @05:40PM (#38589332) Homepage
    And by that I do not mean cameras and facial recognition. I'm thinking about in games and books where the characters had strange hair and make up styles. Now, it's becoming plausible.
  • Yeah... (Score:4, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday January 04, 2012 @05:56PM (#38589536)

    It's all well and good until masking your identity becomes the same thing as covering up your license plate. illegal

  • by Chrisq (894406) on Wednesday January 04, 2012 @06:16PM (#38589766)
    They just wear burkas.
  • Re:Yeah... (Score:4, Insightful)

    by John Hasler (414242) on Wednesday January 04, 2012 @06:22PM (#38589812) Homepage

    isn't it already illegal in France?

  • Re:knee jerk (Score:3, Insightful)

    by pclminion (145572) on Wednesday January 04, 2012 @07:19PM (#38590406)

    My car should just recognise me and not be willing to start for anyone else without checking with me first.

    You're at a remote campsite, out of cell range. You've been drinking. You trip over something and fall in the fire pit, burning your face beyond recognition. Your girlfriend tries to take you to the hospital, but the car doesn't start when she turns the key. You die of shock. Your girlfriend dies from exposure 12 days later.

  • by turkeyfish (950384) on Wednesday January 04, 2012 @07:21PM (#38590432)

    "since only people who are up to no good care about the surveillance in the first place."

    Perfect PC speech/mentality in our new police state, if you even remotely "look like" you are doing something wrong, its proof that you are. With anti-Talibanism on the rise, expect them to start detaining anyone with a beard or mustache, women who wear scarves, men who wear hats, etc. Coupled, with GOP efforts to eliminate the court system, just think of the money we can save by dispensing with trials all together. Instead we can have un-elected, privately contracted clothing censors, who only have to press and up or down button on their PC's, which will dispatch the drones.

  • by Phoenix666 (184391) on Wednesday January 04, 2012 @07:27PM (#38590500)

    The disease is the out of control kleptocracy--corporations and the 1% dismantling everything good about our society. Learning different techniques to fool facial recognition software, etc, etc will only ever be used be a few while most will acquiesce. In short, it will make no difference to the trajectory of the path we're on.

    The only, definitive way to put an end to all this crap is to tear down this failed system and start on America 2.0. America 1.0 got a lot of things right, and those things should be kept. But we also got some things wrong, and other things have developed that the original designers couldn't have foreseen. So let's wrest control back from the corrupt in that good old American way, non-violently if possible, by force of arms if necessary.

    But sitting around, wasting time on weasel tactics like these is completely counter-productive. Let's act preemptively and use technology to destabilize the 1%, put them to flight, and make sure the crap they've been up to never happens again.

  • by Radtastic (671622) on Wednesday January 04, 2012 @09:13PM (#38591378)
    A baseball cap, sunglasses, and a dust or surgical mask would cover up the nose and cheekbones. Bonus: you won't even stand out that much in a crowd as more and more people are doing this for health reasons.
  • by interkin3tic (1469267) on Wednesday January 04, 2012 @09:19PM (#38591432)
    Ah, the old "If you aren't doing anything wrong, you have nothing to hide" argument. Foolish, as it assumes the invasion of privacy will always be used only to increase public safety, and never for more nefarious purposes, while history suggests this will not be the case.

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