My Networked Images

My Networked Images

The unit My Networked Images tackles the production, distribution and consumption of images that circulate online on a daily basis, and is dedicated to questions of (self-)presentation, amongst others. A thematic discussion takes place based on articles, events and workshops as well as teaching materials for school classes, with the goal to promote the participants’ image and media competence.

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Beauty Filters – When Beauty Is Standardised

Beauty Filters – When Beauty Is Standardised

It just takes a few clicks and you can fundamentally change your appearance on social media and elsewhere – using beauty filters. While, in the past, you had to hire a professional to improve the way you look in a photograph using complicated photo-editing software, today all you need is an app on your smartphone or a program on the internet. The filters that are used are geared to very strict patterns – bigger eyes, smaller nose, smooth complexion. Does this produce standardised ideals of beauty? And what does it have to do with privacy?

Sophie-Charlotte Opitz
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Facial Recognition – Technology between Support and Suppression

Facial Recognition – Technology between Support and Suppression

Why is a picture of a face scanned by a machine and what is this then used for? How safe is this technology in terms of data transfer and identity theft? Facial recognition is a procedure that can help in the solving and prevention of crime. It can verify the identity of people in order to give them access to sensitive data and secured areas. Yet it can also be used in forms of surveillance that restrict human freedom of movement and action. An overview of the opportunities presented by digital facial recognition and the dangers that go with it.

Sophie-Charlotte Opitz and Jana Honegger
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