Although we humans have been watched by machines for decades, we still have a very limited understanding of the laws and practices surrounding CCTV. Doppelgänger aims to change that and draw into question the neutrality and trustworthiness of images recorded by a machine in an age where deep fake technology is widespread.          

As the global number of CCTV cameras approaches one billion, and facial recognition technology and biometric systems are ubiquitous, we find it paramount to keep reminding people of their double life as data subjects; to inform them of the constant surveillance and data collection happening as they go about their lives as well as their right to enquire about and access that information.                      

Doppelgänger is a collaboration between documentarist Michael Madsen and deep tech company KASPAR. – a startup developing AI-powered tools for filmmakers. The project targets issues of mass surveillance and looks specifically at CCTV systems and current GDPR regulations across Europe.

Doppelganger is part of the MediaFutures project.

This project has received funding from the European Union’s framework Horizon 2020 for research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 951962.

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