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YouTube Launches Face Blurring Tool to Keep Protesters Anonymous

 
Sungaze_At_Dawn

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07/18/2012 06:36 PM

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I don't like this it all.

No one should need to be blurring their faces out, unless they have something to be ashamed over.
Its just gonna be used by people to get away with stuff.
 Quoting: Re-Named- 777


Middle east protests get put on youtube and there are repriesals for them.

Iran has had many people speaking up and protesting against the theocracy, from students to feminists.

Its life and death to not be a youtube video.
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07/18/2012 06:41 PM
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Exactly.

Everyone blurred will be unblurred using algorithms and put into the database.
Philligan
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07/18/2012 06:42 PM

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Everyone will now be blurring videos. Including scumbag American kids. Watch. This will only escalate crime on video. Legally not sure if YouTube can unblur the videos either once they are uploaded.
everything in its right place
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07/18/2012 06:48 PM
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Everyone will now be blurring videos. Including scumbag American kids. Watch. This will only escalate crime on video. Legally not sure if YouTube can unblur the videos either once they are uploaded.
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More than likely this is the case.
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07/18/2012 06:55 PM
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So, after reading the posts it sounds like TPTB will have access to the real faces and we won't. The sheeple will have a false sense of security. I wonder who else will have access to the unedited/blurred version. Will CEO's of big corps get access? Friends of google? It would be interesting to know exactly who gets access and/or for what price.

I'm more interested if a user can edit. Sort of like the photograph rule that if you take it, you own it, even if it's a pic of someone else who may not want it published. Personally, I think it's outdated and everyone in it should have to sign a release to have it posted/played nationwide without a blur, but that's my silly private beliefs--everyone else wants to be posted everywhere in rock star style.
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07/18/2012 06:56 PM
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Everyone will now be blurring videos. Including scumbag American kids. Watch. This will only escalate crime on video. Legally not sure if YouTube can unblur the videos either once they are uploaded.
 Quoting: Philligan


I would be more interested in if the kid getting bullied has an option to blur his own face if it's not his video.
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07/18/2012 07:07 PM
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you can bet your ass if they got software to detect a face in a photo, they are scanning them into facial recognition databases.
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Absolutely, if it's digital you can be assured they have counter measures. I saw a news story about how they unswirled a swirly distortion effect over someones face that was created in photoshop. The identity of the person was then revealed.
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07/18/2012 07:25 PM
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That's the whole point.

They're not letting you know they can blur faces.


They're slipping up and letting you know they already scan your footage and uploads for faces that they can recognize and categorize into those big building size super-computer databases with YOUR file.
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07/18/2012 07:56 PM
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what appears to be a noble idea is actually a method of censorship.
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07/18/2012 07:56 PM

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i dunno....."to keep protesters anonymous"

theyre protesting publicly
they know the risks

this smells - sorry
 Quoting: Phennommennonn


That's because Youtube will obviously be storing the original unedited copies of the videos and will hand them over to leo whenever requested and will share the videos with the nsa at will as they are keen to do.
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im inclined to agree. nothing is for 'our protection'
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07/18/2012 07:57 PM
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That's the whole point.

They're not letting you know they can blur faces.


They're slipping up and letting you know they already scan your footage and uploads for faces that they can recognize and categorize into those big building size super-computer databases with YOUR file.

 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 17688927
that's a good point, but it doesn't need to record specifics for the blurring effect, it can discern faces from a general set of parameters that all faces share.
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07/18/2012 08:49 PM
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YouTube on Wednesday began letting people blur faces in videos they upload to the website, which has become a major platform for sharing clips of dramatic news events.
Video editing options at YouTube were expanded to include a "Blur All Faces" button. People will get previews of videos with the blurred effects prior to deciding whether to publish them at YouTube.

Read more at: [link to phys.org]
 Quoting: Phennommennonn


Do you think Google doesn't have an Un-Blur feature (algorythm)?
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07/18/2012 09:17 PM
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WOW that's nice... now all the videos will look like Japanese Porn ! ( If you know what I mean... ha ha ). ( It's only anonymous for the viewers but YouTube will have the original video so they can hand over if the government request )sheeplebah
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07/18/2012 09:25 PM
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What's the catch?

There are photo and video tools to un-blur and remove mosaic.
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07/18/2012 09:29 PM
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Most people don't know this But Timmothy Geithner is in charge of the IRS. When my grandfather ran the IRS, people like Timmay where in Jail!
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07/18/2012 09:35 PM
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I refuse to be blured, I want them to know my face and my actions!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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