This week IBM CEO Arvind Krishna wrote a letter to Congress. The letter addressed the company’s concerns and stance on the Black Lives Matter movement and police brutality. It also listed out the company’s plans for the future regarding those issues listed. One part of the letter was the company’s decision to close down its facial recognition projects. The move was made citing human rights concerns, and now Amazon and Microsoft have followed suit.
The announcement from Microsoft was made by its president Brad Smith at a Washington Post event. Mr. Smith stated: “We will not sell facial recognition technology to police departments in the United States until we have a national law in place, grounded in human rights, that will govern this technology.” He went on to add, “The bottom for us is to protect the human rights of people as this technology is deployed.”
Amazon then announced they would take a year-long “moratorium” on law enforcement use of its facial recognition technology Rekognition. The goal is that the “moratorium” will give Congress enough time to come up with “appropriate rules” and “stronger” regulations. Both announcements come after Congressional Democrats introduced a police reform bill.
Certainly an interesting move, but what are your thoughts? Stay tuned for more on this coming soon and look for more from the intersection of lifestyle and culture here with The Culture Curators.