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13 Ways To Beat Big Brother

Just because cameras are everywhere doesn't mean you have to be under surveillance all the time.
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(Source: Adam Harvey/Undisclosed.cc)
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.
(Source: Adam Harvey/Undisclosed.cc)

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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asksqn
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6/10/2014 | 4:40:08 AM
Rules for thee, but not for me, so sayeth the corporatocracy
The part that amuses me the most regarding public surveillance are the rather lengthy signs posted at the entrance of malls and supermarkets reminding consumers that its rules are for thee but not for me (the premises.)  Cameras can and do routinely violate consumer privacy every which way by capturing and storing indefinitely visages, and yet consumers are not permitted to snap images of merch on shelves OR even wear (in most instances) hoodies (nevermind a mask.)  Of course, none of this really matters until one of the hired cop wannabe thugs becomes a little bit too enthusiastic about enforcement and stomps on a face THEN the premises will immediately point to its posted signage and say, SEE! We told you so!

 

 
asdmognep
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6/10/2014 | 2:15:28 AM
neurotics anon
you have to be a neurotic to think such crazy thoughts unless you are doing something not right.
Lorna Garey
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6/9/2014 | 4:36:23 PM
Re: What does the next generation think?
My daughter asked me to send her my PayPal username and password via Facebook message, and was surprised when I asked had she fallen on her head lately.
Thomas Claburn
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Thomas Claburn,
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6/9/2014 | 4:00:17 PM
Re: What does the next generation think?
>To wit, a niece of mine recently emailed me her social security number for some paperwork I was filling out. 

That's not surprising since security has been bolted on to the Internet as an afterthought and the existing systems are just not easy enough for people to use. People often seem surprised when, say, you call to reveal sensitive information verbally rather than trust it to email.
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6/9/2014 | 3:54:40 PM
What does the next generation think?
I really wonder what the generation who grew up documenting their every move on Facebook thinks about some of these measures and whether they worry about it to the degree that I do. To wit, a niece of mine recently emailed me her social security number for some paperwork I was filling out. I'm surprised with that lax of an attitude that she didn't just tweet it out to me!!!
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Thomas Claburn,
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6/9/2014 | 3:49:27 PM
Re: Wait until your neighbor has a drone
I expect slingshots will become popular as anti-drone commentary. Difficult to trace and not likely to bring the police the way a gun would be.
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6/9/2014 | 3:38:46 PM
Wait until your neighbor has a drone
Just wait until your neighbor has his own drone, with remote camera sending telemetry to  his computer, Privacy is going to become more rare and more precious.
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6/9/2014 | 12:33:53 PM
Re: Heading to the Country
Traffic cams at stoplights and other intersections are already a fact of life for many commuters. The question is what assumptions get made from that data and who gets access.
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6/9/2014 | 10:00:08 AM
Heading to the Country
I wonder whether the use of so much surveillance technology, coupled with corporate willingness to allow telecommuting, will reverse populations' move to urban areas? I'd much rather move to the countryside than engage in all these counter-surveillance measures if i was that worried about cameras capturing my every move. Or are cameras hiding in the woods, too?
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6/9/2014 | 9:54:49 AM
No. 6 for Kimye
Perhaps we could start a Kickstarter campaign to buy Number 6 for Kim Kardashian and Kanye? 
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