Fighting Facial-Recognition Software With an Artistic Flourish

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 (Photo: Photography by Martina)

This #100DaysArt post originates from 100 Days Action, which provides daily suggestions for becoming actively involved in artistic responses to the new administration.


In October of last year, the American Civil Liberties Union ACLU alerted the public that police had monitored protesters in Ferguson and Baltimore through their social media accounts. Facebook, Instagram and Twitter followed the announcement by cutting off data feeds to a company called Geofeedia, which touted its coverage of the protests and referred to unions and activists as "overt threats."

Despite the high-profile case, other companies still track protesters on social media using facial-recognition programs. With the general strike scheduled for Feb. 17, those who want to participate should expect to be monitored. As an artistic way to protect the identities of those participating, 100 Days Action on Friday sets up a "bedazzling" booth nearby the Bay Area march to decorate participant's faces, manned by painters, designers, and makeup artists. Find more here.