Fawkes: Digital Image Cloaking

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  1. longshots

    longshots Registered Member

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    Fawkes is a system for manipulating digital images so that they aren't recognized by facial recognition systems.

    At a high level, Fawkes takes your personal images, and makes tiny, pixel-level changes to them that are invisible to the human eye, in a process we call image cloaking. You can then use these "cloaked" photos as you normally would, sharing them on social media, sending them to friends, printing them or displaying them on digital devices, the same way you would any other photo. The difference, however, is that if and when someone tries to use these photos to build a facial recognition model, "cloaked" images will teach the model an highly distorted version of what makes you look like you. The cloak effect is not easily detectable, and will not cause errors in model training. However, when someone tries to identify you using an unaltered image of you (e.g. a photo taken in public), and tries to identify you, they will fail.

    Fawkes: Protecting Privacy against Unauthorized Deep Learning Models
    https://people.cs.uchicago.edu/~ravenben/publications/pdf/fawkes-usenix20.pdf
     
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  2. mirimir

    mirimir Registered Member

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    Woah, outstanding!

    ... except that Mirimir doesn't use facial images. And using it for my meatspace identity would be an OPSEC failure.
     
  3. longshots

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    Even if it displays your favourite song?;)
     
  4. mirimir

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    My point is that my meatspace identity doesn't care about stuff like blocking facial recognition. And doesn't talk about OPSEC, for that matter :)
     
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