Fooling facial recognition software: the Adam Ant method

Paul Raven @ 07-04-2010

This one’s been doing the rounds for a few days, but I thought I’d throw it out for those of you who’ve not seen it yet: some graduate research suggests that stylised facial decoration and make-up (a la eighties New Romo band promo shots and cyberpunk bandwagon movies) may be a simple and effective counter-response to the increasing ubiquity of surveillance cameras with facial recognition software [via Technoccult].

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One Response to “Fooling facial recognition software: the Adam Ant method”

  1. Sarah Ennals says:

    OTOH, isn’t it likely (until it becomes more common) to make you *more* noticeable to the human viewers in the area? I guess it’s a case of immediate attention vs. long-term identifiability.

    I tend to place my hopes for anonymity in human laziness – i.e, the more security cams there are, the less willing anyone’s going to be to troll through weeks of footage looking for an individual unless they have some really pressing thing like a violent crime to investigate.