OSCAL 2022 (Open Source Conference Albania)

The state of facial recognition technology: DIY stuff to trick the surveillance cameras
2022-06-19, 16:00–16:55, Workshop 1

Facial recognition technology is all over the place, and it's just getting more so. Big tech pitches it as a security feature that prevents outsiders from unlocking your iPhone or front door. Government entities, such as police forces, use it as well. They, throughout the world, employ facial recognition technology to identify and follow dissidents, and police in Hong Kong have used it against demonstrators. According to a study by Georgetown University academics, more than half of adult Americans' faces are stored in police databases.

To combat face recognition technology, privacy-conscious designers, researchers, activists and academics have created wearable gadgets and clothing.


As I've thought, initially I need to make a presentation for the first 15 minutes about the clothing gadgets which are designed and used in the recent years. In this way, we will have a common idea about the state of face recognition tech in the world and some of the best technics to avoid it.

Then, we will try to design some masks, accessories, gadgets and/or makeup and test their efficiency in real-time using a face recognition tool for didactic purposes.