These Clothes Hide You From Surveillance Cameras We’re not just talking about making you seem like another person, no. There’s a technology intertwined in these garments, and we’re here to tell you what they’re all about.Made by Italian fashion-tech startup Cap_able, this new range of knitted garments is part of their Manifesto Collection. The company describes the clothes as "wearable algorithms” that were designed to protect its wearer’s identity. The clothes have a system capable of adversarial patches, which refer to transposing images, which are then placed on the fabric that can deceive “people detectors” in real-time. Materials with an adversarial image woven into them can secure the biometric data of a person’s face. Somebody’s face when detected by a device, will be associated with an incorrect category, such as dogs, zebras, or any other animals. The goal of the Manifesto Collection was to raise awareness of the protection of biometric data, as well as people’s right to privacy. "Choosing what to wear is the first act of communication we perform, every day. A choice that can be the vehicle of our values," Cap_able CEO Rachele Didero explained. Image credit: Cap_able#clothes #garments #antidetection #privacy #adversarialpatches #capable 
Should You Blur Your Home on Google Maps?Google Maps is a navigational tool that helps people around the globe see different places that they are unfamiliar with. Its accessibility, in which users can have only an internet connection and/or download the app, allows travelers to reach a new destination without getting lost.Aside from that feature, Google Maps is also used for recommendations and ratings of different establishments such as malls, restaurants, and tourist spots. Some people also use the application to “travel” without leaving their home– as in use it to go around different locations in any part of the world. The application's immersive and wide coverage provides some pros and cons of course. The pros are what we’ve indicated above. For the cons, well, privacy. Anyone can enter almost any address into the software and get a recent image of whatever building is on that area. Stalkers or criminals can easily plan their way inside any area, especially your home.For the sake of privacy and personal safety, we do recommend you blur your home on Google Maps. The application allows users to do this. All you need is a computer, an Internet connection, and a trusted web browser. Here’s a step-by-step process on how to do so: 1. Go to the Google Maps website on your browser. 2. Enter your home address in the search bar. 3. Use the Street View of the resulting location on the website. 4. Click Report a Problem, which is at the bottom-right of the site.5. A new window will appear, where you will have the option on how to blur your home. Adjust as desired using the plus and minus buttons. 6. Choose what you’re requesting to blur underneath this area. 7. Enter your email once you’re satisfied, verify the captcha code, and click submit.Note that this change will be permanent, so think about if it will be necessary before submitting your request!Image credit: Google #Google #GoogleMaps #privacy #navigation #security #homesecurity #technology
The Follower: Artist Used AI to Find Instagram Photo Moments as Captured by Surveillance CamerasSurveillance cameras are good when used to prevent crimes from happening. They can also play an essential role in capturing said crimes (and identifying perpetrators) when they happen. However, the same cameras can also be used for nefarious purposes, like secretly tracking people's movements. And with privately installed surveillance cameras spread in public places worldwide, monitoring persons of interest has never been this easy.To demonstrate the dangers of our current surveillance technology, Dries Depoorter created an art project called "The Follower." True to its name, The Follower would zero in on an unsuspecting Instagram user and then piece the Instagram photo together with footage from a nearby surveillance camera.Depoorter's inspiration for the project came as he watched a live feed of the New York Times Square wherein he saw a woman spending a lot of time taking photos of herself (most likely to capture that perfect shot.) Depoorter thought that the woman was probably an influencer, so he scoured Instagram photos that were geo-tagged to Times Square. Unfortunately, he found none. But this gave him an idea: he could combine people's Instagram photos and footage from cameras made available to the public.​One of Depoorter's unsuspecting subjects was David Welly Sombra Rodrigues. One of his friends sent him a news article about Depoorter's The Follower, and he was surprised to see that he was, unknowingly, filmed.Unfortunately, Depoorter's YouTube video was already taken down because of a copyright claim by EarthCam, a company that streams webcam content on the Internet.Depoorter, however, states that his project is not about companies that make such things possible. Rather, his point is "there are many unprotected cameras all over the world."Whether we like it or not, we can be monitored, whether by an individual, or by an organization.Depoorter says it best. "If one person can do this, what can a government do?"(Image Credit: Dries Depoorter/ EarthCam)#AI #ArtificialIntelligence #EarthCam #TheFollower #Privacy #Surveillance #Art #Technology