Acknowledging the challenge of avoiding visual surveillance, Harvey suggests that there are approaches that aren't primarily technical. "I think there are other ways to look at this problem, like from an architect's perspective," he says. "And to imagine how spaces could be designed that are less compatible with imaging devices, provide more cover, or maybe even have persuasively designed 'no camera' policies. A few clubs and parties implement this policy. And I think it creates a nice environment. Coincidentally, nightclub photography was one of the main inspirations behind Camoflash and CV Dazzle."
CV Dazzle applies the dazzle style of camouflage used during World War II to computer vision. It attempts to confuse facial recognition algorithms.
He says this kind of face painting was used during the Occupy protests. "I've seen a few bands implementing the style. And I've done consulting for several festivals. But makeovers are not yet quick enough for a festival atmosphere and are still difficult to independently validate."
Harvey produced an "Anon Salon" for Manchester's Future Everything festival in March, and he says that it was a challenge to create and validate the patterns in less than an hour. "Previous looks required about four hours to create. This is the kind of thing that improves every time it's done. Hopefully, development can continue, and the project will become adaptable at the personal level. That's when I think it could really take off."
He offers his work through the Privacy Gift Shop. The most popular item, he says, is the OFF Pocket wallet, which shields mobile devices from signals and disconnects them from networks. His Anti-Drone Hijab is the second best-selling item.
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