Video con­fer­ence app lets peo­ple de­cide sur­round­ings

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Lon­don: De­vices equipped with cam­eras have given us the power to in­stantly share ideas and im­ages, but have also made it very easy to leak sen­si­tive in­for­ma­tion.

In or­der to pre­vent fu­ture dis­as­ters, re­searchers at Duke Uni­ver­sity have de­signed an app that lets users spec­ify what oth­ers can and can­not see dur­ing a video con­fer­ence. Users sim­ply draw a rec­tan­gu­lar bor­der around the scene deemed safe to share with oth­ers and the sur­round­ing ar­eas are com­pletely blocked out from view.

In­stead of re­ly­ing on an­tic­i­pa­tion and pre­dic­tion of what ob­jects can or can­not be seen, the re­searchers de­cided to in­stead let the user de­cide.

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