ur best selfie is a body of work on the theme of identity and digital privacy. Inspired by Adam Harvey’s CV Dazzle research, I set out to design selfie filters that could defeat the current algorithms used by platforms like Facebook and Instagram. I was able to identify several face obscuration patterns that still functioned against these platforms and design AR overlays to be used to create selfies that cannot be identified as faces.
For Art in Odd Places 2018, I produced a web-based AR app with 3 filters that users could use to decorate their likeness and disguise themselves from the algorithms most commonly used in social sharing apps. The intent was to call attention to the fact that apps that are seen as fun diversions share the same technologies used for abuses of power in other contets. By idly supporting these technologies and fueling their improvement, users are complicit in these human rights violations.
A version of the code and research was also used for a workshop for teens on AR technology and privacy at Tec de Monterrey in Spring 2018.