As of right now, I have removed all photos of myself that I have posted to Facebook over the years. It was a major undertaking, to be sure, but I like the feeling of control that I have over my photos now.
They are, of course, still accessible through this website. I will add a proper link to the gallery in time.
The bigger question now is what to do about the dozens of photos I’m tagged in that aren’t mine. I would love to have access to these albums still, but I don’t know how best to manage that. For now, please don’t be alarmed if you notice me removing tags from your photos. I still love you all; I’m simply managing my data a little more cautiously.
I think the best course of action will be to tag myself as some odd object in one of the album’s photos, thus keeping me in the album, but sufficiently confusing Facebook’s algorithm by keeping the noise ratios high, which will help lead into the next phase of the Sparticus Experiment rather nicely.
You may have noticed more (backdated) posts of photos recently, and that is simply because I’ve started to pull my photos from other servers to place them in my own bucket where I (presumably) have control over them. If not real “control”, I at least can retain ownership and IP rights to them.
As I continue to migrate my online existence over to this space, I will be removing photos from the vast databases I have created on other sites and, hopefully, removing access to that data for purposes of identification. I’m not exactly “going dark” per se, but I would prefer not to have a clear-cut topographical map of my face available to marketers (which is, rather clearly, where targeted marketing is headed).
Meanwhile, on social media, I will be replacing tags of me in photos with either tags of cartoons, popular media characters, or even inanimate objects in order to (hopefully) provide enough noise in the recognition algorithms to effectively camouflage myself from automatic recognition.
Maybe this is overly paranoid. Maybe I should start wearing a tinfoil hat. We’ll find out in a few years. Meanwhile, it’ll be a fun experiment!
More reason to move forward with the Sparticus Experiment
Tech companies are beginning to use facial recognition software to make your life easier—and to profit from who you are and what you want.
Source: Tech Firms Make Lots of Money Off Your Face—Here’s How | WIRED
This is a brilliant experiment, and one that I shall be putting my own spin on very soon. Keep posted as details come along!
Jonathan Hirshon kept his photo off the Internet for 20 years. Now he’s rallying the troops to hack Facebook and Google facial recognition.
Source: Has This Man Unlocked The Secret To Internet Anonymity?