MegaPixels

About MegaPixels

MegaPixels is an independent art and research publication by Adam Harvey and Jules LaPlace that investigates the ethics, origins, and individual privacy implications of face recognition image training datasets and their role in the expansion of biometric surveillance technologies.

MegaPixels was made possible with support from Mozilla (2018). Continued support was provided by a Karlsruhe HfG KIM2 Research Group fellowship (2019) and Weizenbaum Institut fellowship (2019).

MegaPixels first launched in 2017 as a reverse-face-recognition search engine installation at Tactical Technology Collective's GlassRoom. In 2018, the Elevate Arts festival in Austria commissioned an installation about pedestrian datasets, several of which originated in the city of Graz. Then in 2019, the MegaPixels project evolved into a broader investigative art project and officially launched in April 2019 coinciding with a feature article in the Financial Times on Who's Using Your Face.

MegaPixels is designed to serve as a growing public resource for educators, students, journalists, and researchers. Each dataset presented on this site undergoes a review of its images, intent, citations, funding, and collection methodology. Although MegaPixels is a web-first project, the content is published in accordance with academic principles and the eventual outputs are contributions to academic conferences, publications, and workshops. The overarching goal is provide a critical perspective on machine learning image training datasets that might otherwise escape academia and industry funded artificial intelligence think tanks that are often supported by the same technology companies who created many of the datasets presented on this site.

Cite Our Original Work

If you use MegaPixels or any data derived from it for your work, cite our original work as follows and follow the applicable licenses for each image:

@online{MegaPixels.cc,
 author = {Harvey, Adam. LaPlace, Jules.},
 title = {MegaPixels: Origins and Endpoints of Biometric Datasets "In the Wild"},
 year = 2019-2020,
 url = {https://megapixels.cc},
 urldate = {2020-09-05}
}

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Team

 <strong>Adam Harvey</strong> <br>Concept, dataset wrangling, research and analysis, design, and computer vision. Website: <a href="https://ahprojects.com">ahprojects.com</a>
Adam Harvey
Concept, dataset wrangling, research and analysis, design, and computer vision. Website: ahprojects.com
 <strong>Jules LaPlace</strong><br>Information architecture, data management, verification management, citation geocoding, web applications. Website: <a href="https://asdf.us">asdf.us</a>
Jules LaPlace
Information architecture, data management, verification management, citation geocoding, web applications. Website: asdf.us

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 MegaPixels: Origins, Ethics, and Privacy Implications of Publicly Available Face Recognition Image Datasets. ©2019 Adam Harvey / megapixels.cc
MegaPixels: Origins, Ethics, and Privacy Implications of Publicly Available Face Recognition Image Datasets. ©2019 Adam Harvey / megapixels.cc