How To Conceal Your Face From Machines

CV Dazzle is a project to develop a toolkit of styling and beauty-based methods to fight back against camera and computer facial recognition, allowing you to hide in plain sight:

The primary objective [is] thwarting face detection under the guise of high-fashion aesthetics. While there are several obvious approaches to hiding from face detection, some of these can be dismissed.

Sunglasses, for example, are a known occlusion which some algorithms account for. Wearing masks in public can be illegal. Hoods are popular and effective but make the wearer’s intent to hide too obvious. As an alternative, this project explores ways using ambiguously deceptive fashion.

CV Dazzle™ is camouflage from computer vision (CV). It is a form of expressive interference that combines makeup and hair styling (or other modifications) with face-detection thwarting designs. The name is derived from a type of camouflage used during WWI, called Dazzle, which was used to break apart the gestalt-image of warships, making it hard to discern their directionality, size, and orientation. Likewise, the goal of CV Dazzle is to break apart the gestalt of a face, or object, and make it undetectable to computer vision algorithms, in particular face detection.

27 Comments on "How To Conceal Your Face From Machines"

  1. Matt Staggs | Sep 17, 2012 at 11:14 am |

    Welcome to Cyberpunk 2012. We’re a little ahead of schedule.

    • This is all i’ve been thinking about since i saw the face detection deployment article last week >_>

    • BrianApocalypse | Sep 17, 2012 at 12:04 pm |

       heh that’s pretty much what I immediately thought as well. At last, we have a practical reason to dress like we’re out of a science fiction story.

      • Calypso_1 | Sep 20, 2012 at 5:31 pm |

        Buddy, people are going to start waking up and realizing this is the 21st century.  We are living in a science fiction story.

      • Calypso_1 | Sep 20, 2012 at 5:31 pm |

        Buddy, people are going to start waking up and realizing this is the 21st century.  We are living in a science fiction story.

    • Ryderrippsisfamous | Sep 17, 2012 at 4:45 pm |

       you’re a little late, actually. DIS magazine did a feature on this project in 2010. welcome to yesterday

      • Matt Staggs | Sep 18, 2012 at 9:32 am |


      • Calypso_1 | Sep 18, 2012 at 11:45 am |

        Disinfo also has featured this before.  But its a good reminder because the issues are still pressing and too few people are paying attention.

        It’s particularly good to run it now as the fashion industry is pushing face coverings and facial recognition is going into beta testing for consumer benefits programs. 

        The fight for the right to privacy and anonymity to the degree that it prevents unwarranted intrusion, intelligence gathering and profiteering is not something that should be brushed aside so easily as ‘I’ve seen this before’.  Well the system wants to see YOU 24/7.

        Those that are aware of these issues should consider making the effort to pool our limited resources to contribute to an organization such as the EFF Imagine if they were to gain the same level of lobbying power as the NRA.  There is very little standing between us and the every tightening grip of state and corporate dominion.

        Since you are one of those in the know –  help out.

  2. Smashing cameras is the preferred method to passive evasion of ones Fascist Sumerian Demon Overlords.

    All-seeing instrument. Supreme perception
    Omnifocal accumulator
    Thief of integrity. Its gaze upon the blind
    Information divinity by man designed

    The lives of all they occupy. Their eyes in dismal gloom
    The all-piercing, dead oculi – mirrors of our doom
    Oblivious to the trespass as you gaze into the black
    The demon of surveillance insultingly staring back
    – Into you

    They own your every secret, your life is in their files
    The grains of your every waking second sifted through and scrutinized
    They know your every right. They know your every wrong
    Each put in their due compartment – sins where sins belong

    They know you. They see all. They know all indiscretions
    Compiler of your dreams, your indignations
    Following your every single move
    They know you

    The Demons Name Is Surveillance (Thomas Haake)

  3. Perhaps a makeup composite (nano particles) created from crushed glass prismatic micro fragments that will refract light and distort recorded images.

    Possibly skin thin formed breathable LED face mask with the ability to create any face you like at will.

    Gort generally stays on the bridge or in the engine room of the data centre anyway unless surfacing to wander through nature – a surveillance free zone at this time.

  4. another good way to conceal your face from Uncle Homeland
    is to remove Uncle Homeland from power before its too late

  5. Antediluviancurrent | Sep 17, 2012 at 9:32 pm |

    The lifestylist’s response to fascism : get a new classy haircut.

  6. Does anymore here actually think they are important enough to be followed?

  7. Does anymore here actually think they are important enough to be followed?

    • Calypso_1 | Sep 19, 2012 at 11:16 pm |

      It really depends on how much trouble you are willing to get into. 
      One could go purchase a few choice chemicals in sufficient quantity and find yourself followed real quick. 
      But it doesn’t just have to be those types of commodities.  There are types of communications equipment, software, and information in general that are all verboten.  And NONE of it has to do with how important YOU are.  Quite the contrary you are insignificant to them unless they decide otherwise….and that gig is run through a temp agency. 

    • Just about every time I’ve been arrested, the cops followed me around first.

      Does that answer your question?

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