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Who’s using your face? The ugly truth about facial recognition
In order to feed this hungry system, a plethora of face repositories — such as IJB-C — have sprung up, containing images manually culled and bound together from sources as varied as university campuses, town squares, markets, cafés, mugshots and social-media sites such as Flickr, Instagram and YouTube.

To understand what these faces have been helping to build, the FT worked with Adam Harvey, the researcher who first spotted Jillian York’s face in IJB-C. An American based in Berlin, he has spent years amassing more than 300 face datasets and has identified some 5,000 academic papers that cite them.

The images, we found, are used to train and benchmark algorithms that serve a variety of biometric-related purposes — recognising faces at passport control, crowd surveillance, automated driving, robotics, even emotion analysis for advertising. They have been cited in papers by commercial companies including Facebook, Microsoft, Baidu, SenseTime and IBM, as well as by academics around the world, from Japan to the United Arab Emirates and Israel.

“We’ve seen facial recognition shifting in purpose,” says Dave Maass, a senior investigative researcher at the EFF, who was shocked to discover that his own colleagues’ faces were in the Iarpa database. “It was originally being used for identification purposes . . . Now somebody’s face is used as a tracking number to watch them as they move across locations on video, which is a huge shift. [Researchers] don’t have to pay people for consent, they don’t have to find models, no firm has to pay to collect it, everyone gets it for free.”
data  privacy  face-recognition  cameras  creative-commons  licensing  flickr  open-data  google  facebook  surveillance  instagram  ijb-c  research  iarpa 
4 weeks ago by jm
Flashback: How Yahoo Killed Flickr and Lost the Internet
This is about the best tech journalism I've ever read on Flickr. nice one Mat Honan
gizmodo  flickr  acquisition  mergers  yahoo  corporate-culture  mat-honan  tech  journalism 
may 2013 by jm
The OpenPhoto Project
A great getting-out-of-Flickr life-raft. self-hosted, PHP app, storing photos in Dropbox, S3, or local disk; UI screenshots look great (via Nelson)
galleries  photos  php  flickr  images  via:nelson 
february 2012 by jm
Through speed of traffic on San Francisco area streets vs. popularity with Flickr and Twitter users
"slower streets" generate more photos/tweets than "faster streets", with a peak around 9 mph
data  san-francisco  photos  flickr  twitter  speed  driving 
september 2011 by jm
Indian Street Graphics - a set on Flickr
a great collection (via Bruce Sterling)
via:bruces  art  culture  design  flickr  india 
may 2011 by jm
flogr
'shows your pictures from flickr in a customizable photo portfolio interface which includes a main photo page with EXIF details and flickr user comments, a customizable thumbnails page of your recent work, a slideshow component to browse through thumbnails, a tag cloud page, and an about page that shows your flickr user profile. With flogr you can control which photos are shown by specifying the flickr tag(s) to include so you can show only your best photographs if you choose. Flogr is powered by PHP, MySQL (optional), and Flickr.' excellent! via yoz
via:yoz  flickr  photos  web  cms  php  blogging  photoblog  gallery  slideshow  flogr  from delicious
november 2009 by jm

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