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IBM Cancels Facial Recognition Research, Calls for ‘National Dialogue’ on Police Reform

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June 10, 2020

Tech giant IBM will reportedly stop offering general-purpose facial recognition or analysis software and has called for a “national dialogue” on police reform according to a letter sent to Congress today by IBM CEO Arvind Krishna.

The Verge reports that tech giant IBM plans to no longer offer facial recognition or analysis software as one of their products, with company CEO Arvind Krishna writing to Congress in a letter detailing the firm’s decision.

Krishna told Congress in the letter:

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

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.

The IBM CEO’s letter to Congress further advocated for police reform, arguing that more police misconduct cases should be under the purview of the federal court and that Congress should make changes to qualified immunity doctrine. Krishna added that “we need to create more open and equitable pathways for all Americans to acquire marketable skills and training.” He further suggested that Congress consider scaling the P-TECH school model nationally and expand eligibility for Pell Grants.

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