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Biometric Mirror: Exploring Values and Attitudes towards Facial Analysis and Automated Decision-Making

Niels Wouters, Ryan Kelly, Eduardo Velloso, Katrin Wolf, Hasan Shahid Ferdous, Joshua Newn, Zaher Joukhadar, Frank Vetere

Conference on Designing Interactive Systems | ACM | Published : 2019


Facial analysis applications are increasingly being applied to inform decision-making processes. However, as global reports of unfairness emerge, governments, academia and industry have recognized the ethical limitations and societal implications of this technology. Alongside initiatives that aim to formulate ethical frameworks, we believe that the public should be invited to participate in the debate. In this paper, we discuss Biometric Mirror, a case study that explored opinions about the ethics of an emerging technology. The interactive application distinguished demographic and psychometric information from people’s facial photos and presented speculative scenarios with potential conseque..

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Awarded by Australian Research Council

Funding Acknowledgements

The authors wish to thank the anonymous reviewers for their valuable insights and contributions, as well as the media advisors at The University of Melbourne and the entire Science Gallery Melbourne team for their ongoing support. Eduardo Velloso is the recipient of an Australian Research Council Discovery Early Career Award (Project Number: DE180100315) funded by the Australian Government.