Desired Agency

The left portrait is a visualization of the user’s “desired agency” (DA) that they wish to have over their facial data and is calculated very simply: the user chooses a number from 0-100, with 0 being total control and 100 being no control; that number is their DA.

The desired agency (DA) that a user wants over their facial data

Compared to the actual agency (AA) that a user likely has over their facial data, the “calculation” for DA is very straightforward and involves only one number. The contrast between the complexity of AA and the simplicity of DA is meant to make clear the gap between the two agencies, and how far from the level of control a user likely is from where they would feel safe, and/or want to be.