Earlier this year, writer Robinson Meyer spent some time wearing face paint known as “CV dazzle” in public, in an effort to conceal himself from the current surveillance state. While the effect it had on technology is difficult to track, Meyer did learn a great deal about its effect on humans, and his interactions with them.
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Near the end of the article, Meyer says:
Because here is the essence of CV dazzle’s strangeness: The very thing that makes you invisible to computers makes you glaringly obvious to other humans.
It’s clear that this is not a real solution to prevent tracking. However, as a performance piece and a commentary, it’s very interesting.