Did You Know About the Use of AI to Profile Minorities?

15 April 2019 Internet, IT & e-Discovery Blog Blog
Authors: Peter Vogel

The New York Times reported profiling in China based on “documents and interviews show that the authorities are also using a vast, secret system of advanced facial recognition technology to track and control the Uighurs, a largely Muslim minority. It is the first known example of a government intentionally using artificial intelligence for racial profiling, experts said.”  The April 14, 2019 article entitled “One Month, 500,000 Face Scans: How China Is Using A.I. to Profile a Minority” included these details:

The facial recognition technology, which is integrated into China’s rapidly expanding networks of surveillance cameras, looks exclusively for Uighurs based on their appearance and keeps records of their comings and goings for search and review.

The practice makes China a pioneer in applying next-generation technology to watch its people, potentially ushering in a new era of automated racism.

The technology and its use to keep tabs on China’s 11 million Uighurs were described by five people with direct knowledge of the systems, who requested anonymity because they feared retribution.

The New York Times also reviewed databases used by the police, government procurement documents and advertising materials distributed by the A.I. companies that make the systems.

The big question is…what other countries are using AI for profiling minorities?

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