This week’s edition of Media Watch, “Pixelating protects identity? Think again“, examines the threat image search engines pose to anonymity. Drop a disguised photo into Google images and the chances are you will find the original in the search results.
Intrigued, I thought I would try it out. The pixellated the photo of Tom Waits was my second test. The first image I found to try was a golden pyramid. (It is from a presentation I recently pulled together on cognitive dissonance, but that is unlikely to be a helpful explanation).
In this case the search results came close to being artistic: an impressive array of alternative golden pyramids.
I can see that Google images could be rather fun.