POSTPONED! Dissent by Design: Resisting Live Facial Recognition

A talk by Nora Madison, PhD

03/19/2020 - 14:15 - 15.45

Dissent by Design: Resisting Live Facial Recognition

Dissent by Design


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Per rector's orders guest seminars will be postponed!

The widespread implementation of facial recognition systems as a tool for live surveillance is challenging the ability of individuals to be anonymous in public, and through this, addressing the level of privacy one has the right to expect in a public space. 

Among those attempting to draw attention to this discussion is a group of artists and designers whose contribution involves the creation of anti-surveillance practices and artefacts. These efforts have been critiqued as entertaining but not viable solutions to surveillance; however, this talk demonstrates that these designs offer consequential resistance to surveillance. By examining the broader contributions of these designs, we may move beyond the trivialization of these anti-surveillance artefacts to be able to study digital resistance.


Nora Madison is Assistant Professor of Digital Communication & New Media at Chestnut Hill College in Philadelphia, PA. This year she is the Fulbright Scholar in Digital Culture at the University of Bergen, Norway. Her work examines the role of digital technology in social and political activism, focusing on the mundane acts of users endeavoring to create social awareness or change through often seemingly inconsequential, unorganized participation. Her research on Everyday Activism studies the digital spaces used to create, disseminate, and curate messages of resistance.

Supported by Fulbright Scholar Program