Amazon Partner in China Is Making Facial-Recognition Tech to Track Uighurs


    GettyEarlier this month, a Chinese firm that has cashed in on deploying AI-powered surveillance gear in Xinjiang momentarily published some of its code online, providing a glimpse into how tech firms track the region’s Uighur population on behalf of the Chinese government.In what can only be described as a massive fuck-up, someone—likely a software engineer employed by Dahua Technology, the surveillance-gear supplier—posted the company’s software development kit for video tracking tools, which are built specifically to identify Uighurs. A Munich-based software security engineer, Serge Bazanski, came across the code on Github and tweeted screenshots, as well as a link to Dahua’s full code on Y Combinator’s Hacker News site, on Nov. 2.Dahua yanked its kit off Github shortly after, but it has been archived on the Wayback Machine.Read more at The Daily Beast.


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