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MegaPixels: Who is in Publicly Available Facial Recognition Datasets?

Artist and researcher Adam Harvey will debut a new chapter of the MegaPixels project, an investigation into the origins and ethics of facial recognition training datasets. What many Internet users might not yet know is that many facial recognition datasets are created from social media posts, Flickr albums, Instagram, and Google searchers of public figures. Facial recognition only works when there is enough training data and much of that data is generated by Internet users.  But many of these datasets disappear from the public view once they are created. The MegaPixels project is building a new facial recognition API that helps you search these datasets for your image in order to challenge.

© Adam Harvey

© Adam Harvey

Looking beyond the actual facial images, the project also explores the origins and digital trade routes and the complexities of unregulated international facial data exchange.

‍With Adam Harvey, Seda Gürses & Ben Hayes

This event is open to the public, but registration is mandatory. If you would like to attend, please send your first and last names to irina(at)