DIY Facial Recognition Resistance
Facial detection and recognition systems are becoming increasingly prevalent in our public and private lives. The implications of mass-biometric-surveillance as a tool to undermine privacy are clear. Yet, many lack a fundamental understanding of how these complex and often proprietary (or "black box") systems work. This workshop seeks to support participants to learn the primary strategies for undermining these systems through a DIY hands-on approach. Participants will craft expressive wearable looks that undermine common facial detection algorithm strategies, using household objects, natural elements, or other readily available materials. The workshop's goals are to support a more thorough (and accessible) understanding of how facial detection systems work and to promote conversation about privacy and biometric surveillance.