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"Friends don’t let friends get spied on.' – Richard Stallman, President of the Free Software Foundation and longtime advocate of privacy in technology.

How to Thwart Facial Recognition

To enable people to obfuscate facial-recognition software programs, Leonardo Selvaggio, an interdisciplinary artist who is 34 and white, made available 3-D, photo-realistic prosthetic masks of his own face to anyone who wants one. He tested the masks by asking people connected to him on Facebook to upload pictures of themselves in the prosthetic: It didn’t matter if they were skinny women or barrel-chested men; short or tall; black, brown, Asian or white — the social network’s facial-recognition software recognized them as Selvaggio. “There’s nothing more invisible to surveillance and security technology than a white man,” he says.

Details may be found in an article by Malia Wollan in the New York Times Magazine at: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/30/magazine/how-to-thwart-facial-recognition.html.

Categories: Offline Privacy & Security

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