Constructing Race and Gender in Image Databases for Facial Analysis

A portrait of a Black woman looking into the camera lens. An animated gif switches between the labels for “Gender” and “Race.
A portrait of a Black woman looking into the camera lens. An animated gif switches between the labels for “Gender” and “Race.
GIF by Morgan Klaus Scheuerman. Original image by Ricardo Velarde on Unsplash.

This blog post summarizes the above paper about how race and gender are operationalized in image databases used for training and evaluating facial analysis systems. This paper will be presented at the 23rd ACM Conference on Computer-Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing, a top venue for social computing scholarship. It will also be published in the journal Proceedings of the ACM (PACM). A free PDF version is located here.

Race and gender are a part of our everyday reality. We all experience the visible external features associated with race and gender when we interact with the world. As a result…


An Evaluation of Gender Classification in Commercial Facial Analysis and Image Labeling Services

This blog post summarizes a paper about how gender is represented in commercially available facial analysis computer vision systems. This paper will be presented at the 22nd ACM Conference on Computer-Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing, a top venue for social computing scholarship. It will also be published in the journal Proceedings of the ACM (PACM).

Have you ever thought about how you, as an individual, are seen by your technology? What does it think of you? How does it classify you? What labels make up who you are? …


This blog post summarizes a paper about transgender individuals’ experiences with technology-mediated safety and harm that will be presented at the 21st ACM Conference on Computer-Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing.

Photo by Mercedes Mehling on Unsplash.

There has been a mounting awareness of transgender identity in the United States over the past few decades. Behind this awareness is a burgeoning civil rights movement aimed at gaining equality and improving safety for transgender individuals. Nearly half participants in the largest U.S. survey of transgender individuals to date reported unequal treatment, including verbal harassment and physical violence. The dangers of being trans alter the way that transgender…

Morgan Klaus Scheuerman

Information Science PhD at University of Colorado. www.morgan-klaus.com

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