I can tell it’s you filming. Shake yourself known

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For all you live streamers/filmers and all those that try and remain anonymous when filming please note the way you shake gives you away.

So there are many ways that can get you recognised from your recording there is the standard activity recognition. This involves looking at what’s being filmed, a glimpse of hands, object recognition, limited to controlled environments and limited to types of activities. This type of profiling is standard and takes man power, then there is the social interaction, where they are looking, who is looking where, recognising “important” people that can be used to create the scene giving more information about the person recording, but now it has all gone and got technical and Shmuel Peleg and Yadid Hoshen at Israel ‘ s Hebrew University of Jerusalem have developed a software that can identify film makers in seconds making people like, base jumpers who often trespass large corporations to complete their mission and protesters that can be of interest to the authorities easier to identify. This can also work against the authorities with more police/ private security wearing body cameras they will no longer be able to cover things up by exchanging cameras with colleagues.

So if it is a fixed camera things like the height of the camera, the gait of the person wearing the camera and your shake can identify you with in seconds. The video is easier to match when it is short term recording and Shmuel Peleg and Yadid Hoshen at Israel collected footage from a sample of 34 people wearing go pro’s on baseball caps and ran it through an algorithm that recognised motion signatures to a particular person. This was achieved by dividing frames into non-overlapping blocks. Movement of these blocks between frames reveals the vertical and lateral motion of the camera. The system identified the camera wearer by movement alone 88% of the time and only 12 seconds of footage where needed to make the identification

This also raises issues with the use and sharing of camera’s they could well have software in the future that recognises the recorder and only allows that person to use the equipment. This may well be integrated with in the software in things like Google glasses and even for insurance purposes if a camera is stolen it could be blocked and no longer usable.

As with all forms of control and surveillance it is a constant battle of technologies against our personal freedoms and already there is talk of ways to beat this software when uploading by using programmes that can change the optical flow pattern without significantly changing the content. It may even be possible to tamper with video to make it look as if it were filmed by somebody else.

What we have to do now is to make sure the police/private security are wearing body cameras that they can not turn on and off at their own discretion and that all body cams are person specific.

Citizen journalism is needed for real unbiased reporting and is an essential part of our freedoms in revealing the oppression of the state. So we need to counter this somehow. Open source of programs to be used whilst uploading our footage is a place to start.

So back to filming …….

Hampstead mum

 

 

http://icri-ci.technion.ac.il/files/2014/05/33-Shmuel-Peleg-140513.pdf

http://www.technologyreview.com/view/533156/the-coming-era-of-egocentric-video-analysis/

Members call for Tate to drop BP at Tate Members Annual General Meeting 2014

The Accidental Anarchist:

So on Friday night I joined some activists from Platform and Liberate Tate at the Tate AGM. I was going to write about my enquiry into transparency about the funding from BP and what they get out of it but someone else did. So here you go

Originally posted on Liberate Tate:

  • Serota says Tate Ethics Committee and Trustees will review BP sponsorship in 2016
  • Members call for Tate to announce in 2015 – ahead of December UN climate summit – that there will be no new deal with BP
  • Tate Members AGM 2014 recommendation that there be a Tate member place on art museum’s Ethics Committee to be taken forward
  • Tate urged to respond to Archbishop Desmond Tutu’s plea that with climate change our global enemy cultural institutions cut ties to fossil fuel industry
  • Jon Snow accepts Liberate Tate donated print for Tate Members Room in recognition of member voice on BP

Tate Members Calling On Tate To Drop BPTate support of BP again dominated the Tate Members Annual General Meeting this year – for the fifth year running – with members calling once again for Tate trustees to demonstrate leadership and break its support of the fossil fuel industry and cut its ties with BP.

Liberate Tate…

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Julien Blanc “pick up Artist” and the use of petitions to help the girls or not as the case maybe.

The petition to deny US ‘pick-up artist’ Julien Blanc a UK visa (which I didn’t sign) reached more than 156,000 signatures. Yet a petition pressuring David Cameron to fund rape crisis centres, or to close down Yarl’s Wood – the immigration detention centre for women ( widely criticised for its treatment of vulnerables) gets barely noticed. A petition (which I signed) to close Yarl’s Wood was set up earlier this year, and has attracted fewer than 50,224 supporters signatures with another 24,776 needed. The reason I didn’t sign the Julien Blanc petition not because I didn’t agree with it but I knew that I didn’t have to. The media had already decided to make him an example and it was job done.

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So how do we get them to apply the same pressure about the shutting down of our rape crisis centres. A time when rape is now seemingly not a serious enough issue for the police to bother recording properly or even investigating it at all. And how so we highlight a Immigration Removal Centre where traumatised women are invisible, run by the security company Serco.  A company who had to payback £68.5m for overcharging on criminal tagging contracts and has just had £600 million wiped off it’s market value. This doesn’t seem a company that is going to be focused on these traumatised vulnerable women and children after all it has shareholders to answer to.

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https://www.change.org/p/theresa-may-british-home-secretary-end-the-detention-of-women-who-seek-asylum

https://www.justgiving.com/rapecrisisengland-wales

We want a book bloc they look so cool

 

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So with the student demo coming up I am hoping there will be a book bloc. For a number of reasons. Firstly the visuals are brilliant and the titles of the books they use can be thought provoking and relevant to the day, covering culture, politics, thought, history or comedy. This also serves the purpose of a highlighting the attack on our education system and seems to show a dark side of our intellect being attacked. Secondly they are brilliant for protection from the police brutality that we saw in 2010 and they keep the formation of a bloc nice and tidy.  We have seen book blocs used around the world, London, Italy, Brazil to very great effect

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If your feeling creative here is a quick guide to making a book shield:

Things you will need

Cardboard/Foam Rubber/ Plexiglas

Cable ties

Rope

Paint

1) Firstly cut some book size shapes from the cardboard / Foam Rubber/ Plexiglas

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Layer the 5 sheets as shown above. Drill three holes on each of the long side  of the block and two holes for each of the rope handles.

2)  Secure the side holes tightly with cable ties. Cut off the ends that are sticking out.

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3) Now you can insert a single length of rope into the holes to form the arm handles. You can wrap these in material to pad them our a little and make them easier on your arms.

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4) Place your arm in the rope handles to make sure it fits well and then tie the ends of the rope from the front.

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5) Cut of the ends of the rope from the front. Now the fun part. Think carefully of your book title and what might represent you or what message you want to put across. Depending on how artistic you are you can either draw and use spray paint to design your book or you can use a projector and trace the cover artwork .

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6)  Now you have your book shield. When out on the street place your arms in the rope handles and use the shield to non violently push back against containment lines, or use is to protect yourself from police batons. Practice using the shields in group formations  for display and protection. remember you are turning the media “story of the battle” into the “battle of the story” Use the books to hold your ground.

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#Solidarity from the Hampstead Mum

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What I hate about anon is also what I love about them

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What scares the establishment most is a group of people with no particular ideology and lots of anger and a belief that they can change the world. Welcome to the world of anon.

I’m not going to try and explain what anon is here I am just putting forward my view of what I see as their relationship with the establishment

As individuals I take issue with anon their half baked ideas and conspiracies theories, their ego’s and their crass and insulting methods of communication, the list could be endless as we look at them as individuals and all their shortfalls. But this is what makes it so difficult for the authorities, there is only one thread that is consistent in this group and that is their catch phrases, their logo and the fact that every Nov 5th from here on in there will be world wide gatherings of angry people and they have no leaders.

To be honest I think my biggest single issue with anon is whom they target. All that energy and power that is wasted on the most inane targets sometimes individuals, sometimes governments, sometime each other and this is where lies the contradiction it is this very reason that I love anon. There is no format there is no process there is no rhyme nor reason to a lot of what they do and because of this they scare the establishment.

Anons do not originate from one particular social group they originate from the internet where nobody can see what car you drive or know what job you do. You can be 12 you can be 40, you can be a hacker or just a member of one of the thousands of on line anon groups. On a daily bases all these people are individuals sat in front of their computer but once a year they all come together in the flesh and nobody knows what the fuck they are going to do. No plans other that the obvious march on Downing Street a little deviation to go shout at the Queen “Who’s Queen Our Queen? ” ( Not mine actually they all need lining up and shooting) and the rest will be chaos and the police can not plan for chaos.

So how do the police prepare for this group of people with no particular target, no cohesive plan and no end goal, they go into lock down. This alone just says to me how scared they are of this group. The only other group of people that cause such a reaction is the world wide Occupy movement.

Appeals sent out to the “organisers” by police were desperate and pleading not the best approach I feel as there is nothing organised at all about Nov 5th other than it is happening. These appeals further made them a laughing stock, prompting ridicule and satirical email responses from all round the world to the Met.

So in a playground kind of emotionally immature way. Your not doing what I want so this is how I am going to respond. The police came out in full, puffing up their chests and twitching for a fight. They went over the top barricading off that lovely piece of grass which has been highlight in the recent Battle of the Tarpaulin by Occupy Democracy. They themselves responded to the fear of the unknown in a truly thuggish manner. The layout of the barricades and the policing tactics made this a public safety issue with pinch points and no room for movements as more and more people arrived. Their appearance in full riot from the offset and a Sargent  foaming out of his mouth as adrenaline rushed through his veins did nothing than create an air of menace.

Imagine if as we see celebrations in other European countries they had just left this Nov 5th celebration to it’s own devices. People would have turned up met people they only knew from alt accounts, they would have hugged and laughed and pointed other anons out to each other and a night of introductions would have continued, a few fireworks would have been fired and a mini rave may have taken place. Just  because you can’t control them doesn’t mean you have to batter them. I am not saying that there won’t be incidents that occur but this is their time and if they want to dance on parliament and swing from the lamp posts and create photo ops by the thousand why not? what you scared of ?

The police were set up to deal with the mob all those years ago and this is still the same the police are protecting the capitalist system against the mob.

So my love hate relationship for anons continues. For those politically engaged that slag them off for anons lack of politics Lighten up we need them they are our allies. Diversity of tactics and all that.

P.S I hear Vivian Westwood was there.

 

Emotional blackmail brought to your home courtesy of the Royal British Legion

The Accidental Anarchist:

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I am reblogging this my very first blog from last year as once again we are made run the gauntlet of Poppy sellers trying to sell us the war machine. I arrived at Tower Hill station to see the barriers lined with uniforms and rattling tins. There was no possible way I could escape the shake and look as I chose to weave myself through the line. Here I had to stop and catch my breath as a young soldier leaned towards me waving a card machine at me and told me “It’s ok if you haven’t got cash, Support our troops”
Once outside the station the assault course had only just began, the street from Tower Hill station to Fenchurch street was lined either side with members of Her majesties forces, once these had been dodged, there was then the onslaught of public with the red poppies followed by more poppies sellers inside and outside the turnstiles at Fenchurch Street and the public announcement system telling us of the sale of poppies in the station ENOUGH ALREADY !!!!!!!
I have read articles of how trite is the sea of blood. Thousands of poppies representing those who have fallen flooding the Tower of London and I have read how some think it is a UKIP style memorial as the poppy is a symbol used by the far right in their nationalistic views. Today I met 2 elderly ladies whom had travelled from up North to see the poppies. “It’s lovely to think that one of those poppies represents my father” one said to me. So I am not sure what I think of it myself, it’s impressive as an installation but pretty crap in the art stakes and it seems important for some, but overall I think it has missed the point. This poor attempt of artistic symbolism has taken away the sombre reality this is about war, death, loss, sacrifice of the poor souls that had no choice but to fight or be killed for not fighting. They seem to have celebrified the event it’s now a show. You can now buy a piece of this experience. Are they having a fucking laugh or what?
So yeah this is another rant on top of the rant I am reblogging from last year. I wasn’t going to but the celebration of war disgusts me. Where people that want peace are the ones that are having to defend them selves against people that want to celebrate war in the sick rationale that this is some kind of memorial to remind us not to let it happen again, whilst it is happening again and innocents are dying all over the world at the hands of the capitalist war machine. Am I missing something here?
I honour and mourn all those who died for my freedoms anywhere, everywhere and at any given point in time.

Originally posted on TheAccidentalAnarchist:

Only a few weeks ago I was involved in some actions against the Arms Fair. A place where Arms dealers from around the world came to show off their fineries, compare the size of their missiles and flash the cash. A place where Arms companies can be found to be dealing in items  of torture. Dealers were wined and dined in heritage landmarks like the Cutty Sark and put in the finest of hotels to rise early to discuss and deal in death over a nice Almond Croissant and a flat white. All of this subsidised by the British tax payers through sweeteners bullshit bullshit bullshit. As if the War Machine needs subsidising at all. But this is not about the Arms Fair this is about the War Machine on our doorstep.

So for the last few weeks on FB as Novemeber  11th comes  closer the more and more…

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Blac bloc. A little bit of clarity needed.

Most of the major demonstrations in this country are organised by unions and coalitions with the odd exception of student rumblings. And OMFG aren’t they just pointless? They walk from A to B via nowhere to end up in a park for dry old speeches by regional candidates miles from any power base and achieve sweet FA and no more than a few lines coverage in the press if that to show for it. But I am not going into my views on demo’s.

Now every time we hear the call out most of the people I know ask the question ” Is there a blac bloc?”  This question always seems to create an air of conflict. Now why is that ? People keep on telling us is a tactic. But is it a tactic that can no longer be used? One that has had it’s day? First appearing in the 1980’s and seen in all it’s glory in Seattle 1999 World Trade Organisation protests and subsequently used to good effect in South America.

But now anyone in black is automatically classed as part of blac bloc and will always draw undue attention from the police. So there seems little point in putting ourselves on offer, unless that is we can get large numbers. Without those numbers blac bloc becomes ineffectual and therefore becomes more of a risky statement. We don’t want to play your game, we don’t want to put ourselves on offer in a state of constant surveillance, we don’t want to associate ourselves with all the other groups. There is nothing on offer that is going to appease us. We are marginalised and we are here to make it as difficult as possible for you to impose your system on us. One we do not consent to.

But there have been other blocs too. We have seen Queer bloc, Book bloc, Bike bloc and this weekend at the March for Climate there have been calls for Green anarchist bloc, and of course a huge Climate bloc. So a bloc is definitely becoming more about a statement of what we are not who we are, But there are still tactical reasons for keeping to a bloc and it is tactics we need to put into practice if blocs are going to work.  Here are some that were prepared earlier :

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There are lots of reasons for putting into practice such basic line up tactics for any type of demo. To keep your group together and secure also has the effect of keeping PLO’s (Police Liaison Officers) out of your bloc and creating great solidarity. So you have formed a block either by linking arms, holding poles, or banner effectively making it a no go zone for anyone other than your bloc. Creating an formidable force.

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So are the days of the blac bloc are numbered? or maybe it is just evolution.  Black allows you to merge, it allows individuals hard to track. It is who we are. But as we have seen with footage released by the police following TUC demo on the 26th March 2011 even with given precautions concealing identities to avoid state intervention we still managed to give ourselves away. Watch this and you will see how surveillance was used in watching blac bloc protesters in Oxford circus and how easy we made it for them.

So if circumstances arise and there is a black bloc and  you want to join the protest. Here are some pointers on how to be an effective black bloc.

1. Black means *plain* black

Black means plain black – no labels! Cover them with gaffa tape or dye. Pen is harder to use for this than you’d expect, and electrical tape often comes off easily. It’s worth bringing spare if you can. Sometimes you can make a hoody plain by turning it inside out

2. Covering your head

  •  Hoods are vital – they hide hair, shape of head, etc.
  •  In summer months, get a thin raincoat (the cheap ones that don’t actually keep off the rain work well) and wear that instead of a hoody. That way you won’t overheat. Wear a black baseball cap. Make sure your hair is well tucked in and not visible. So long as you keep your head down, the baseball cap makes overhead cameras useless.
  •  In winter months, get a loose hoody. Get a black hat and make sure it hides your hair. Try to pull it down to cover your eyebrows if you can.

3. Masking your face

Make sure what you’re wearing isn’t too hot, is breathable, covers your whole face, and won’t fall down. You basically have 4 options:

  1.  Material pulled up over your nose (this is what most people do). Make sure it’s tight enough and won’t fall down when you run! If possible, get something elasticated. Try make your eyebrows harder to see by wearing a hat, if you’re doing this. Don’t forget to make sure your mask is big enough – it should reach all the way from the top of your nose, to well below your neck
  2.  a scarf (in winter, you can go about with these and not draw too much attention. Legally the police can’t confiscate a scarf as it’s main purpose is to keep you warm, not hide your face) Don’t try this in summer! Like 2, you need a hat to go with this. Experiment so you can tie the scarf behind your head quickly and securely
  3.  a black t-shirt. This works surprisingly well! Put the t-shirt over your head and position the hole at the top so you can see out of it with your eyes. Then tie the arms behind your head. Check out this youtube vid if that doesn’t make sense –http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bwF_B0Gr4k4
  4.  a proper balaclava (makes you look a bit more scary – but they’re good!)

Goggles/shades *can* be good but there are pros and cons. On the plus side, they will make cs-spray, pepper spray, and tear gas less effective, while also hiding your eye colour and making it harder to see your skin colour. On the other hand, some goggles can fuck up your eyes if you get punched or hit, and when you wear shades with a mask they often just steam up. As well as that, only a minority of people in a black bloc wear shades or goggles, so it can end up making you more identifiable! (it’s easy for cops to follow the only person in a crowd wearing a ski-mask)

4. Arms/hands

  •   It’s important to try and hide your skin colour a bit. If no-one does this, then anyone who is a minority on the demo will stick out and might as well not be masked up. So, wear gloves where possible,  as an act of solidarity and inclusiveness as much as for your own security.
  •  If you have any tattoos on your hand/arm then be really careful not to show them! Police pick up on that kind of thing.

6. Body

Try to wear something baggy – this helps to cover your body shape and makes you harder to recognise. Coats are good for this.

7. Legs

Most people in a bloc will be wearing blue jeans, or black trousers. As before, try to keep it baggy, especially if you’re going for the jeans. Black is better, but there is some lee-way on this. If you’re wearing trackies, watch out for any identifying marks – a lot of them have distinctive stripes or branding that will need to be covered up

8. Shoes

  •  This is a tricky one! People do get picked up or tracked because they wore distinctive shoes on a demo. So wear shoes that are plain and generic, if you have them. If you’re with a group, it may be worth all covering your shoes in black gaffa tape, so that they look the same.
  •  If you can fit a spare pair of shoes in your bag and wear different ones when masked/not masked, that’s great
  •  Make sure your shoes are cheap – they’re normally the most identifiable part of your outfit. If anything “spikey” happens you will need to get rid of them.

9. Rucksack

  •  If you’re taking a rucksack, make sure it is also plain black with no labels
  •  Get a big plastic carrier bag and keep it in the rucksack. That way when you ‘de-block’ you can put the rucksack inside it. Carrier bags are also easier to ditch if you see cops tailing you on your way home.
  •  Another option is to get a thin rucksack or one of those sports bags that school kids use for their PE kits. Then, you put your black-bloc outfit on over the top of it, keeping the bag underneath where it can’t be seen. I’m not convinced by this method – but it’s up to you

10. To carry with you

  •  Spare masks (if it’s someone’s first time on a bloc, they might not realise how important masking up is. It’s your responsibility to look after them – we need to look out for each other)
  • A very different change of clothes (look like a non-violent hippy, suit, normal person, waiter, whatever. Just not some anarcho-punk out to cause trouble!). The easiest way to do this is to wear lots of layers
  •  A slightly different mask (e.g. switch between a pull up mask and a balaclava during the bloc – this will make it harder to keep track of you)
  •  Different shoes, if you can
  •  Supplies – this isn’t the place for a full-blown list of what is useful on a demo or eviction resistance. But as a bare minimum, make sure you have enough food/water to get you through the day and keep your energy levels up – you need to be able to run and think clearly at all times. Having spare for other people is always a good move too, if you can

11. when to mask up/down

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  •  It sounds stupid, but try practicing near a mirror to make sure you can do this quickly and well. There may come a time when you need to be anonymous at short notice, or where you need to merge quickly into a crowd.
  •  Try to get into a cctv blind spot with at least one other person when you change clothing. Or change together under a banner/umbrella. It isn’t totally necessary, but it will make it even harder for cops to follow you on camera
  •  It is hard to decide exactly when to mask up/down – it depends a lot on your assessment of the situation. As a general rule, try not to be the only person/small group in a crowd that is masked up, and try to “de-bloc” while there is still a crowd for you to hide in.

 

12. Afterwards

  •  Don’t go off alone. Cops will notice and may try to pick you off or search you
  •  You may need to burn your outfit after the demo. Better safe than sorry! Cops *will* take all black clothing in your house as evidence if you get raided. If anything was smashed near you, tiny glass shards get stuck in your clothing which *will* get picked up by forensics, who can work out exactly which window they came from
  •  Whatever you do, don’t tag yourself on facebook pictures or send texts about things that happened on the day!

13. Finally…

  •   Masking up is only one part of staying safe. If anything “spiky” happens, you need to make sure there is no forensic (i.e. fingerprints, blood) evidence on the scene to link you to it. You need to be really careful what you say in public, especially on texts/phone/social media. You need to not talk to people who could be undercovers, or might inform on you in the future (even if they seem sound now – are you sure they won’t rat you out a few months down the line?). You need to not take electronics like iphones along which track your location and get linked back to you.
  •  There are other ways to hide too. By merging with a crowd. By dodging cameras. By wearing things that ‘naturally’ make you harder to recognise (hair different, peaked cap and sunglasses – this WILL make you look like a journo/undercover, though!). Keeping aware of cameras around you. Blocking cameras. And probably more….
  •  Oh and one last thing – *never* be fashion conscious. People have been done time because they thought their anonymous clothes looked stupid and changed into something nicer!

 

 1551695_10154600656210384_64577883980646469_nI do not condone or condemn these tactics. They are what they are and I would never encourage any individual to break the law. So what ever you do out there. Keep yourself and others safe. The current Capitalist system is not working. We have to lead. It is our time.