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February 6, 2016

Stealth Burqas And Makeup: Surveillance Countermeasures In Fashion

At #PDF14 in New York City on Thursday — short for Personal Democracy Forum 2014, a gathering of politics enthusiasts (mostly from the left) and tech geeks — artist/designer Adam Harvey made an impression with demonstrations on how makeup can hide someone from facial recognition cameras and how specially designed burqas can evade surveillance by drone thermal-imaging cameras.

Harvey’s subversive fashion tips have generated headlines before. Perhaps because they were particularly visually compelling, they were an especially Twitter-able part of the forum, which also featured Edward Snowden appearing live via satellite from Russia on the anniversary of the first explosive news stories that were published based on his leaked documents.

Just know that the burqa will cost you multiple thousands of dollars.

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