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[liberationtech] How activists can avoid facial recognition technology

Eugen Leitl eugen at leitl.org
Sat Jul 21 01:26:17 PDT 2012


On Fri, Jul 20, 2012 at 01:48:04PM -0700, Yosem Companys wrote:
> A discussion has started on our @Liberationtech account among @CyMadD0x
> @Defiant1ForUSA @psema4 @timeoutcorner @Wuhesian @RichRoth1 & others about
> how activists can avoid or protect themselves altogether from facial
> recognition technology.  I've invited them to bring the conversation on the
> list as I know there are many of you who will have some great ideas about
> it.

A purdah/hijab would do nicely (but asks for vitamin D supplementation). 
At least, until olfactoric fingerprints become feasible (unlike Stasi,
digital storage doesn't decay). Then, rentable telepresence systems which 
are controlled via an anonymizing network.
 
> One ideas posted on @Liberationtech is the following: "Camouflage from
> Computer Vision" by Adam Harvey (cc'ed above) at http://cvdazzle.com/ &
> https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dazzle_camouflage.

Useless against systems which scan geometry directly. 
Unless you resort to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=srcN8Ctvvs8
or http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q-vH7TLuPpM
which are a) uncanny valley b) uncomfortable

Kidding aside, these are layer 9/10 problems, hence not fixable
by technology. 



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