Alibaba Group or Alibaba Group Holding Limited Chinese tech giant has launched the facial recognition software that can identify the face of a Uighur person.

Points To Note

  • United States-based surveillance industry research firm IPVM Video Surveillance Information have found the detection technology in Alibaba’s Cloud Shield services.
  • Alibaba technology can be used to identify the videos filmed and uploaded by a Uighur person.
  • The Software helps the authorities to flag it to respond to or take down.
  • The research firm found that, Alibaba’s Chinese website showed clients that how they could use the tech feature to identify the ethnic minorities.
  • The Software included a step-by-step guide. It is meant specifically to search for Uighurs.

Working of new technology to identifies the Uighurs

The users of this Software in China can send images of people from phones or surveillance video to the service. If the Alibaba software, suspects the person as Uighur, it will flag them.

Uighurs Muslims in China

The People’s Republic of China has intensified its efforts in the recent years to control and oppress the Uighur and other Turkic Muslims in the Xinjiang region. The China involves various programmes such as enforced sterilisation of women, mass internment in camps, enforced labour programmes, extensive technological and human surveillance and ideological “re-education” labelled cultural genocide. However, China rejects all accusations and states that these camps are vocational training centres which are necessary to combat the religious extremism.

ICC’s reaction

The International criminal court has asked for evidence on Uighur persecution. The ICC said, it could not investigate the claims of crimes against humanity and genocide in China. This is so, because China is not a signatory to the court and the case was outside its jurisdiction. Software to identify Uighur people Software to identify Uighur people

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