Avoiding Facial Recognition of the Future

Written by Jon Martindale
04 January, 2012

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 recognised 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 recognising your face. Fans of Assassin’s Creed might feel a bit at home with this, as it’s all about hiding in plain sight.

The main focus of the camouflage is to use makeup and hair to create a look that is a mix between organic and machine. This makes it very hard to program software that can detect facial features if the traditional lines of a person’s visage are broken up in non-organic fashion.

For those wanting to give a shot at protect their identity, there are a few basic tips offered:

1. Avoid enhancers: They amplify key facial features.

2. Partially obscure the nose-bridge: 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.

The site offers up some examples of facial recognition working despite traditional tribal makeup that you’d think would make it very hard to recognise a face, but surprisingly no. However, the CVDazzle designs that involves hair that extends across the bridge of the nose in spikes and some pixel like squares of makeup to break up cheek bones, made it impossible for faces to be detected. There are a few extreme examples, but some of the shown makeup techniques could easily be seen as relatively normal in certain social circles.

The technology is also tested against Facebook’s photo tagging. Uploading many images of the same person to the social network with various stages and developments of makeup and hair ultimately leads to no faces detected what so ever.

It’ll be an interesting future indeed if to keep our identity private while out and about we all need to resort to outlandish makeup and dress. Perhaps Fifth Element is a more likely future than we previously thought.

via Avoiding Facial Recognition of the Future | ITProPortal.com.

Facebook Pays $40,000 To Bug Spotters

Facebook Pays $40,000 To Bug Spotters
1 Person Made More Than $7,000 For Flagging 6 Issues

By Laurie Segall

POSTED: Tuesday, August 30, 2011
UPDATED: 3:33 pm EDT August 30, 2011

NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — Facebook wants you to try to hack into its site — and if you succeed, it will pay you for the details.

Facebook said this week that that it has paid out more than $40,000 under its new “bug bounty” security initiative. Launched three weeks ago, Facebook’s program invites security researchers — both the professional kind and hacker hobbyists — to send it the details of any Facebook vulnerabilities that they uncover. If the report checks out, Facebook will pay a finder’s fee of at least $500.

It’s willing to go higher for extra-impressive bug spotting.

“We’ve already paid a $5,000 bounty for one really good report,” Facebook Chief Security Officer Joe Sullivan wrote in a blog post. “One person has already received more than $7,000 for six different issues flagged.”

Although the social networking has its own security team, Facebook launched its bug bounty program to tap into the collective wisdom of the site’s 750 million users.

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Facebook also took pains to assure bug-hunters that it won’t take any legal action against those who submit bugs, even if they were uncovered through less-than-legal routes into Facebook’s systems.

via Facebook Pays $40,000 To Bug Spotters – Technology News Story – WDIV Detroit.

Facebook abide by the Terms Of Service and undo the 15 day suspensions

Facebook abide by the Terms Of Service and undo the 15 day suspensions

Public Event

Time

Monday, August 15 at 10:00pm – November 15 at 11:30pm

Location

Your phone or your computer.

Created By Mark Szabo

Facebooks spam filtering system is affecting the everyday user. Bans for adding too many friends. Bans for sharing info with like minded individuals. Political speech is being hindered. Animal rescue groups are unable to share information to provide pets with homes. Military groups are unable to share information. Christian and other religious groups are unable to use Facebook to worship.

Time to let Facebook know this is unacceptable.

via Facebook abide by the Terms Of Service and undo the 15 day suspensions.

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