Fosscomm 2022

Workshop - The state of facial recognition technology: DIY stuff to trick the surveillance cameras
2022-11-20, 17:00–18:00 (Europe/Athens), Room III

Facial recognition technology is all over the place, and it's just getting more so. Big tech pitches it as a security feature that prevents outsiders from unlocking your iPhone or front door. Government entities, such as police forces, use it as well. They, throughout the world, employ facial recognition technology to identify and follow dissidents, and police in Hong Kong have used it against demonstrators. According to a study by Georgetown University academics, more than half of adult Americans' faces are stored in police databases.

To combat face recognition technology, privacy-conscious designers, researchers, activists and academics have created wearable gadgets and clothing.

My presentation is a workshop. For that, I need to make a presentation for the first 15 minutes about the clothing gadgets which have been designed and used in recent years. In this way, we will have a common idea about the state of face recognition tech in the world and some of the best technics to avoid it.

In the next 45 minutes, we will try to design some masks, accessories, gadgets and/or makeup and test their efficiency in real-time using a face recognition tool for didactic purposes like Luxand app or Smart CCTV Camera (with Face Recognition) using Raspberry Pi 4.

I completed my studies at the University of Tirana's Faculty of Natural Sciences, obtaining a BA degree in Physics in 2015. I then decided to shift careers and work in the creative sector. I'm currently employed at McCann Tirana as an art director and digital designer. I have been a political activist for more than 8 years with an emphasis on digital human rights, ethical technology, artificial intelligence, and open-source software.