A newly established tool makes it extremely straightforward for a non-technical individual to quickly blur faces in a photo and get rid of other possibly recognizing data from the image, with the developer marketing the tool particularly to those who want to maintain privacy at protests.
” Image Scrubber,” developed by software artist Everest Pipkin, deals with both mobile devices and laptop computers in a web internet browser, and in Motherboard’s tests can blur an image in a couple of seconds if required.
” This is a tool for anonymizing photographs taken at demonstrations,” Pipkin composes on the tool’s website As protesters have marched throughout the country over a white police officer killing unarmed black male George Floyd, several activists on social media have exhorted individuals to not share images of protesters’ faces, for worry that they may deal with retaliation.
A screenshot of Image Scrubber in usage. Image: Motherboard
To use Image Scrubber, a user selects ‘Open image’ from the top of the screen, and after that chooses an image to submit. The tool then displays the image’s so-called EXIF information; this is metadata connected to the image that, in many cases, can include area data of where the image was taken, or the model of camera used. Motherboard verified that Image Scrubber did get rid of pieces of metadata from an image.
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The tool then provides an alternative to scrub that information; once clicked, the user is taken to the image itself to blur any parts they want to. A user then clicks and drags, or presses with their finger, on the location they want to blur. If they wish to go further than simply blurring, a paint choice is available at the top of the screen too. After applying their redactions, a user saves the image itself.
Pipkin composes that the tool does not send out info anywhere, and that the image processing happens on the gadget itself.
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