Clowing your way past facial recognition technology
JUGGALO MAKE UP CONFUSES ALGORITHMS.
This one probably needs a little explanation. A juggalo is a hardcore fan of the US hip-hop group Insane Clown Posse, and like the band members themselves, they enjoy wearing predominantly black-and-white face paint akin to evil clowns. After a large number of them marched on Washington last year to add their voices to the many politcalprotests, it was discovered quite by accident that their face paint effectively countered facial recognition technology. According to WonderHowTo’s computer security and privacy researcher Tahkion, “if you want to avoid surveillance, become a juggalo”. Facial recognition works by relying on certain visible points, such as the location of the nose, height of the eyebrows and width of the mouth. Once someone applies juggalo-like paint to their face — something that often involves designs that run contrary to the natural contours of the wearer’s face — it confuses facial recognition systems, resulting in incorrect estimations.