Woads? Where we’re going, we won’t need woads.

Paul Raven @ 28-02-2011

CVdazzle make-up and haircuts for fooling facial recognition softwareLooks like this one’s resurfaced again; we mentioned Adam Harvey’s efforts to spoof facial recognition software with weird asymmetrical make-up patterns a little less than a year ago, but the project now has its own name and URL – CVdazzle.com – and has expanded into using random hairstyling techniques… which should keep the junior stylists at Toni & Guy in business once the whole emo/Bieber/Lady Gaga thing dies out.

[ Image copyright Adam Harvey; please contact for immediate takedown if required. And yes, I know the pun in the title is terrible, but a) it’s my blog and b) it’s Monday, so please address all complaints to my imaginary lawyer. 🙂 ]


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].