SCIOPS 01.14: In Plain Sight

Go to the thrift store, buy ten black tees and five blue jeans. Cut hair short, baseball cap. Go normcore . Hide in plain sight.

Surveillance is no longer special. Everyone is on camera, all the time. The bus, the streetlight, and everyone on the street: all have been converted to eyes of the Machine.

How can we avoid the ever-present Watcher? How can we escape the notice of a government, or corporation, or superintelligence with access to the world-camera? How can we hide in plain sight?

A brief review of countersurveillance fashion – that is, the ones I’ve been able to spot:



Masks are illegal in some jurisdictions, but they’re still the most effective way to avoid facial-recognition software.

Try one that looks like a human face – artist Leo Salvaggio’s, to be precise:

URME Personal Surveillance Identity Prosthetic


Full face masks can be high fashion, as worn by Kanye West:

Kanye West Wears Crystal Maison Martin Margiela Mask At Revel Concert (PHOTOS)


Foldable isolation for face and body:





Facial-recognition software is getting better all the time –  but so are the countermeasures.

Trick computer-vision software with CV Dazzle makeup (including tips for building your own style):

How to Hide from Machines


Or wear clothing with celebrity faces built in:

Realface Glamouflage




Most cameras, especially black-and-white security cameras, use some portion of infrared spectrum to capture low-light images. By projecting or reflecting infrared light, your face can be hidden from machines while perfectly visible to your human friends.

A DIY baseball cap with infrared LEDs:

What technologies & techniques exist to prevent yourself from being captured on camera or video?


Or hipster glasses with infrared and visible-light reflection built in:



And as always, remaining basic AF will help you blend in to any crowd. After all, the Zuck does it:

Mark Zuckerberg reveals why he wears the same T-shirt every day


That’s it for this week. Hope you enjoy the fashion roundup. I’ll see you in the streets – unless you see me first…


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