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By openmic.org, an article posted a Couple of days back on April 4 when SEC said it would not allow Amazon executives to stop the proposal:
The Times stated the letter”reflects growing concern in academia and the tech sector that bias in facial-recognition technology is a systemic problem. Some investigators — as well as some businesses — are arguing the technology cannot be properly controlled without government regulation.”
That Amazon investors get to vote on this *is* a big deal. Remember also that Amazon is among those firms identified as supplying services to Trump’s”lock up all of the brown people in cages” Department of Homeland Security and ICE along with the Border Patrol — as we understand it, AWS helps with the databases representatives utilize to identify the detained men, women, and children.
Both shareholder resolutions, which have been registered in December with Amazon, concentrate on the company risks to the company from sales of Rekognition. One resolution asks Amazon to halt sales of Rekognition to government unless the board”concludes the technology does not pose actual or potential civil and human rights threat;” the other resolution requests the board commission an independent analysis of Rekognition regarding the extent to which the technologies may”endanger, threaten, or violate” civil or privacy rights.
The SEC’s ruling comes amidst mounting criticism of the Amazon technologies,”Rekognition,” as racially biased. Just yesterday (4/3), the New York Times reported that at least 25 prominent artificial-intelligence researchers, including experts at Google, Facebook and Microsoft, have signed a letter calling on Amazon to stop selling its facial-recognition technology to law enforcement agencies since it is biased against girls and people of color.
“BIG DEAL,” says the ACLU’s Matt Cagle about this Particular Story. “Amazon shareholders will vote on whether the Board must reconsider company sales of face surveillance to authorities. The SEC refused Amazon’s effort to prevent this proposal from going forward.”