Avoiding Facial Recognition of the Future

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Quentinanon, Jan 4, 2012.

  1. Quentinanon Member

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  2. Anonymous Member

    I'm planning on cutting my face off. That'll learn 'em.
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  3. Folklorin Member

    U act like 12year old
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  5. telomere Member

    1. Avoid enhancers
    They amplify key facial features.
    2. Partially obscure the nosebridge area
    The region where the nose, eyes, and forehead intersect is a key facial feature.
    3. Partially obscure the ocular region
    The position and darkness of eyes is a key facial feature.
    4. Remain inconspicuous
    For camouflage to function, it must not be perceived as a mask or disguise.

    don't cut your hair, hippies
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  7. 00anon00 Member

    check out noisebridge lots of tech
  8. 00anon00 Member

    /derail for Bill Nye Science guy
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  9. Anonymous Member

    Fake noses are the answer.
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  12. The Wrong Guy Member

    Electronic Frontier Foundation Sues FBI For Access to Facial-Recognition Records

    June 26, 2013

    As the FBI is rushing to build a "bigger, faster and better" biometrics database, it's also dragging its feet in releasing information related to the program's impact on the American public. In response, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) today filed a lawsuit to compel the FBI to produce records to satisfy three outstanding Freedom of Information Act requests that EFF submitted one year ago to shine light on the program and its face-recognition components.

    FBI sued over secretive facial recognition program

    June 28, 2013

    In a July 18, 2012 assessment, the FBI reported that the program was “on scope, on schedule, on cost and 60 percent deployed.” The program is being put together by contractors Lockheed Martin, who are expected to rake in $1 billion from the government by the time the NGI system is finally up and running.

    The FBI previously admitted that they found 7,380 records that were "potentially responsive” to one of the EFF’s request, but has yet to deliver actual information pursuant to any of the three FOIA submissions filed, prompting the nonprofit to allege the FBI is “dragging its feet."

    "FBI has not explained to the public how NGI or IAFIS's system design would ensure that civil submissions are not 'tainted' by criminal submissions or explained why it is necessary to combine the two types of data," the EFF wrote in the complaint.
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  13. The Wrong Guy Member

    FBI Plans to Have 52 Million Photos in its NGI Face Recognition Database by Next Year

    By Jennifer Lynch, Electronic Frontier Foundation

    New documents released by the FBI show that the Bureau is well on its way toward its goal of a fully operational face recognition database by this summer.

    EFF received these records in response to our Freedom of Information Act lawsuit for information on Next Generation Identification (NGI) — the FBI’s massive biometric database that may hold records on as much as one third of the U.S. population. The facial recognition component of this database poses real threats to privacy for all Americans.

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  14. Quentinanon Member

    Absolutely frigging ridiculous.
    Hey, FBI! How about focusing on unapprehended fugitives!
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  17. DeathHamster Member

    Ah, but this is pre-crime management. When someone becomes a fugitive, they'll already have their photo and a good idea of where to look.
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  19. DeathHamster Member

    If only there were some kind of changing mask that people could wear. Herm.
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  20. Twinkle Member

    You mean like do their jobs? Are you crazy?
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  21. lulzRus Member

    Facial recognition algorithms are of two main types.

    One type uses what is called eigenfaces ( which recognize your face by comparing its features to those of the "mean face", a calculated average of the faces stored in an image databank. To fool those, you have to mask any distinctive trait which allows the algorithm to match your face as per its differences with the mean face. The most significant ones will be around eyes, nose and mouth.

    Another type uses a combination of gradient filters and scored descriptors. That's the one shown in the video in post #7. To fool that one, you have to "contaminate" your face's gradients, that is, add vertical, horizontal or diagonal lines which will screw up the score and keep your face from even being recognized as a face.

    Eigenfaces is the one that is the most used because it is faster and more efficient (which is not negligible, as image manipulations are very demanding vs CPU and RAM).

    And if everything fails, there's always this :

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  22. The Wrong Guy Member

    How to defeat facial-recognition machines and look like a rock star

    You might be invisible to computers, but you're "glaringly obvious to other humans."

    By David Kravets


    Brooklyn artist Adam Harvey has developed a low-tech solution to protect your privacy — fashioned even before the Snowden revelations — using makeup and hairstyles he says could defeat facial-recognition machines. Privacy enthusiasts must be willing to look like Marilyn Manson or a rocker from Kiss, but this method just might make you safe from the facial-recognition technology that is being embraced by everything from sports stadiums to the FBI.

    Harvey, who has also created some counter-surveillance garments, calls the facial-recognition project "CV Dazzle" — developed as a master's project at New York University. He writes:

    CV Dazzle is a form of expressive interference that takes the form of makeup and hair styling (or other modifications). The name is derived from CV, a common abbreviation for computer vision, and Dazzle a type of camouflage used during WWI. Dazzle camouflage was originally used to break apart the gestalt image of warships, confusing observers about their directionality, size, and orientation. Likewise, the goal of CV Dazzle is to break apart the gestalt of a face, or object, and make it undetectable to computer vision algorithms, in particular face detection.

    His website, which has a Creative Commons license, also comes with two downloadable "test patterns" for stylists.
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  23. The Wrong Guy Member

    These 'privacy glasses' make you invisible to facial recognition

    There are a couple of things going on here, but essentially AVG is using infrared LEDs to mess with the filter most phones/cameras use when taking pictures. By futzing the light around your eyes and nose, there's enough damage to the image to prevent facial recognition from figuring out who you are. There's a reflective covering, too, that will light-up when a flash is used for similar results.
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  25. Anonymous Member

    I think the fashion statement needs work...

    dork glasses-fb-1.jpg

    I recommend the William S. Burroughs style...

    call-me-burroughs 2.jpg
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  26. DeathHamster Member

    Best way to avoid facial recognition software:

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    Bumping spam off the front page.
  28. Dot Member

    Great thread! Face capatha, sort of.
    Has anyone used a burqa type garment for privacy? I mean, non Muslim Anons?
  29. Ersatz Global Moderator

    Reposting the same post in more than one thread is considered forum spamming. Your posts have been deleted according to WWP policy. Unbunch your panties and quit forum spamming.
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    Privacy Advocates Walk Out in Protest Over U.S. Facial-Recognition Code of Conduct | The Intercept

    Technology industry lobbyists have so thoroughly hijacked the Commerce Department process for developing a voluntary code of conduct for the use of facial recognition technology that nine privacy advocates involved withdrew in protest on Monday.

    “At a base minimum, people should be able to walk down a public street without fear that companies they’ve never heard of are tracking their every movement — and identifying them by name – using facial recognition technology,” the privacy advocates wrote in a joint statement. “Unfortunately, we have been unable to obtain agreement even with that basic, specific premise.”

    The Commerce Department, through its National Telecommunications and Information Administration, brought together “representatives from technology companies, trade groups, consumer groups, academic institutions and other organizations” early last year “to kick off an effort to craft privacy safeguards for the commercial use of facial recognition technology.”

    The goal was “to develop a voluntary, enforceable code of conduct that specifies how the Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights applies to facial recognition technology in the commercial context.”

    But after a dozen meetings, the most recent of which was last week, all nine privacy advocates who have participated in the entire process concluded that they were totally outgunned.

    “This should be a wake-up call to Americans: Industry lobbyists are choking off Washington’s ability to protect consumer privacy,” Alvaro Bedoya, executive director of the Center on Privacy & Technology at Georgetown Law, said in a statement.

    “People simply do not expect companies they’ve never heard of to secretly track them using this powerful technology. Despite all of this, industry associations have pushed for a world where companies can use facial recognition on you whenever they want – no matter what you say. This position is well outside the mainstream.”

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  34. John Duff Member

    In some countries, it is illegal to completely hide your face (some laws state that you should always be recognizable => is that even a word ?).
    In France, this was a big thing. Some muslims vere angry when the law was passed (no more burqa, they didn't like it).
  35. The Wrong Guy Member

    How California police are tracking your biometric data in the field | MuckRock

    Agencies are using mobile fingerprint scanners, tattoo and facial recognition software.


    EFF and MuckRock teamed up in August to reveal how state and local law enforcement agencies are using mobile biometric technology in the field by filing public records requests around the country. With the help of members of the public who nominated jurisdictions for investigation, we have now obtained thousands of pages of documents from more than 30 agencies.

    Because of the volume of records we’ve received so far - docs continue to flow in faster than EFF and MuckRock’s teams can read through them - we’re starting with California. Nine of the agencies have responded to our requests with documents, while many more claimed they didn’t have any records.

    Of those that did respond, most employed a digital fingerprinting device. Facial recognition has also been widely embraced among agencies in San Diego County, with Santa Clara County law enforcement agencies close behind. In addition, In addition, the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department’s biometrics system includes tattoo recognition, while the Orange County Sheriff's Department is also investigating iris recognition.

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  36. A Million Mask March facial enhancement for the maskless
    Glad thread was bumped.
    I doing same.

  37. DearGemma Member

    One trying to legally avoid facial recognition can always do that to his face. But that will work for one time only :D
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    Facial recognition nabs violent fugitive 25 years after prison escape | Ars Technica

    Like it or not, facial-recognition tech has become an everyday part of society.


    Here at Ars, we often speak of facial-recognition technology as some Orwellian surveillance method that will one day be deployed by governments or other actors to chronicle our every move — perhaps for nefarious purposes. We reported Wednesday that the Department of Homeland Security is pushing a plan that would require all Americans to submit to a facial-recognition scan when flying out of the country. Whether that's good or bad is open for debate. And add to that, the nation's spy agencies have asked the public to help make biometrics more accurate.

    While we're not at an Orwellian point in time yet with biometrics, facial-recognition technology is being used for good, no matter how scary the technology sounds. Consider that Nevada authorities have announced that biometrics was behind the arrest of a violent criminal who escaped from prison 25 years ago. It's another in a string of arrests in which biometrics essentially paved the way for a bad guy's capture.

    What led to the recent arrest of 64-year-old career criminal Robert Frederick Nelson of North Las Vegas, who committed a number of felonies after escaping from a Minnesota prison in 1992? He applied for a Nevada ID card, and the Silver State's facial recognition tech doomed him.

    "Nelson applied for a renewal of his Nevada identification card on June 5, 2017. Investigators withheld the card after the DMV's facial-recognition system showed the same person had previously held a Nevada driver's license in the name of Craig James Pautler," Nevada DMV officials said.

    A background check showed numerous felonies under both names, the authorities said.

    Biometrics technology is becoming an everyday facet of society, for both the private and public sectors. Facebook is among the best known private-sector players in the field when it comes to tagging people in photos. In the law-enforcement context, about half of all US adults have their images in a crime-fighting, biometrics database — that's about 117 million adults.

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