Many of us who have uploaded images of our faces and the faces of our friends and family to openly-licensed platforms on the Web may have inadvertently contributed to a massive and growing database for AI facial recognition. So how are our faces being used? Grant for the Web (GftW) awardee Brett Gaylor answers that question in his disturbing but empathic interactive documentary Discriminator. So have we all thrown away our privacy and assumption of innocence for a selfie?
The film is Web Monetized, with all streaming payments going to the Surveillance Technology Oversight Project (S.T.O.P.) On the GftW Community Forum, we have been streaming funds to S.T.O.P. since July. So far, we have generated almost $200 in micropayments to support their work.
On Tuesday, December 14 at 7:00 PM EST/12:00 AM UTC, we are excited to highlight this film and support S.T.O.P. by hosting a community viewing of Discriminator. Filmmaker Brett Gaylor and S.T.O.P.'s Founder and Executive Director Albert Fox Cahn will join us to discuss the film's message.
The screening will take place in the GftW-funded virtual space, Skittish. Skittish is fully Web Monetized, and everyone with a Coil account will stream micropayments to S.T.O.P for the duration of the event. If you are not yet a Coil user and would like free 1-month membership, click here to get one. In addition to the micropayments, Interledger Foundation will donate $3,000 to S.T.O.P.
If you would like to attend this free event, RSVP here.
About Brett Gaylor
Imposter Media is the documentary studio of Brett Gaylor. His 2021 releases are Fortune!, and AR documentary released at the Sundance Film Festival, and Discriminator, an interactive film that had its world premiere at the 2021 Tribeca Film Festival. His 2020 documentary The Internet of Everything was broadcast in more than 10 countries and was nominated for a Canadian Screen Award. His interactive series Do Not Track is the recipient of the International Documentary Association award for best nonfiction series, the 2016 Peabody Award, and the Prix Gemaux for Best Interactive Series. His 2008 feature Rip! A Remix Manifesto was the recipient of audience choice prizes at festivals from Amsterdam to South Africa, broadcast in 20 countries, and seen by millions of people worldwide on Netflix, Hulu, and The Pirate Bay.
Founded in 2019, the Surveillance Technology Oversight Project (S.T.O.P.) fights to ensure that technological advancements don't come at the expense of age-old rights. S.T.O.P. uses grassroots advocacy, legislation, education, and litigation to dismantle local governments' systems of mass surveillance. Their work highlights the discriminatory impact of surveillance on Muslim Americans, immigrants, the LGBTQ+ community, indigenous peoples, and communities of color, particularly the unique trauma of anti-Black policing. S.T.O.P. believes that directly-impacted communities are best equipped to lead this fight and that their voices should be at the forefront for this and any movement.