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IBM will no longer offer, develop, or research facial recognition technology

9 June 2020

IBM’s CEO says we should reevaluate selling the technology to law enforcement

IBM will no longer offer general purpose facial recognition or analysis software, IBM CEO Arvind Krishna said in a letter to Congress. The company will also no longer develop or research the technology.

“IBM firmly opposes and will not condone uses of any [facial recognition] technology, including facial recognition technology offered by other vendors, for mass surveillance, racial profiling, violations of basic human rights and freedoms, or any purpose which is not consistent with our values and Principles of Trust and Transparency,” Krishna said in the letter. “We believe now is the time to begin a national dialogue on whether and how facial recognition technology should be employed by domestic law enforcement agencies.”

In his letter, Krishna also advocated for police reform, arguing that more police misconduct cases should be put under the power of federal court and that Congress should make changes to qualified immunity doctrine, among other measures.

Krishna said that “we need to create more open and equitable pathways for all Americans to acquire marketable skills and training.”

More in The Verge article - link below.