May 8, 2014

You're being watched! You probably know already that law enforcement agencies in many countries are using surveillance cameras to track people. "Everyone has a right to privacy," says Chicago artist Leo Selvaggio. Selvaggio has launched an Indiegogo campaign to fund a service called URME Surveillance to help people to combat surveillance.

Selvaggio is creating a URME Surveillance Identity Prosthetic and a paper mask that mimics his own face. Through the use of a prosthetic mask, his face will be presented to the camera instead of the wearer's, shielding their identity from inspection.

"The basic gist is that rather than hide from cameras, simply give them a face other than your own to track without drawing attention to yourself in a crowd." writes the artist.

The mask is made by using the latest technology. The mask is both a 3D scan of artist Leo Selvaggio's face, as well as photo realistic rendering of his features, such as skin tone, texture and hair. The 3D model is made out of resin with stereolithography process. "The prosthetic is passable in public, most people won't look at you twice on the street, and it is pretty seamless to most security cameras." Selvaggio says.

Besides masks, Selvaggio is also starting URME Voice, a series of crowd-sourced short interviews, made from people donating their opinion about surveillance. "URME Surveillance isn't just about anti-surveillance devices." writes Selvaggio. "At its core is an instigation towards public discourse and a platform for community development through our common concern over surveillance."

"What would happen if security cameras could no longer identify a public but instead could only detect hundreds of me walking down the street?"

On top of the masks and interviews, Selvaggio is also creating an open-source facial encryption software (MAC only) that allows you to replace up to five faces in the video with his face and save it as a new file, which you can share without fear of your identity being tied to it.

Check out more info at the URME Indiegogo page.


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anon wrote at 9/8/2016 6:43:59 PM:

i wonder if this could be refined to the point of fooling facial recognition software.

AMnerd wrote at 5/12/2014 2:51:46 PM:

@Notafan what in the world are you talking about? How is reviewing CCTV tapes not actual police work? What do you want them to do, play Sherlock?

_aleph_ wrote at 5/12/2014 2:38:21 PM:

I don't know. Maybe it would be suicide?

Notafan wrote at 5/11/2014 8:22:59 PM:

@yru Then police might have to resort to actual police work instead of reviewing public surveillance tapes.

Robert Cicetti wrote at 5/9/2014 3:02:11 AM:

Just to prove all art is derivative:

Eduardo wrote at 5/9/2014 1:49:21 AM:

This is a police matter. Do you really think this is privacy? Trying to look like somebody else? Could be useful for bank robbers or some other kind of criminal activity.

yru wrote at 5/8/2014 11:40:46 PM:

what will happen if somebody happens to kill somebody and they were both wearing such masks?

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