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[liberationtech] Enhancing Visual Privacy / Defeating Online Face Recognition

Brian Conley brianc at
Tue Jun 28 12:16:09 PDT 2011

An additional issue to consider is that n the age of social media and
ridiculously powerful computing tools, once you identify one individual in
an image it may be possible to ascertain others based on analysis of social
connections/public relationships.

Again its just a reminder of the adage "you're only as secure as the least
secure member of your organization"



On Tue, Jun 28, 2011 at 11:55 AM, Nathan of Guardian <
nathan at> wrote:

> On 06/28/2011 02:45 PM, Brian Conley wrote:
> > I look forward to testing the app, but I hope you'll take these concerns
> > into consideration!
> Excellent points. I think our focus on the face is in large part due to
> the increasing automated use of technology to recognize a face, and
> match that to a stored record from a government issued ID card. When you
> add humans to the mix, it becomes much easier to generally identify a
> setting, group or individual from specific context clues or even body
> languages.
> While we don't specifically promote this, our app can actually obscure
> or redact multiple square or rectangle regions of the image. It does not
> just have to be a face. We also have a reverse "bgPixelizer" filter,
> which pixelizes everything outside the selected region.
> You can see some examples of this on our ironic Facebook page:
> best,
>  nathan
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Brian Conley
Director, Small World News
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