[N] Hikvision marketed ML surveillance camera that automatically identifies Uyghurs, on its China website
News Article: https://ipvm.com/reports/hikvision-uyghur
h/t James Vincent who regularly reports about ML in The Verge.
The article contains a marketing image from Hikvision, the world’s largest security camera company, that speaks volumes about the brutal simplicity of the techno-surveillance state.
The product feature is simple: Han ✅, Uyghur ❌
Hikvision is a regular sponsor of top ML conferences such as CVPR and ICCV, and have reportedly recruited research interns for their US-based research lab using job posting in ECCV. They have recently been added to a US government blacklist, among other companies such as Shenzhen-based Dahua, Beijing-based Megvii (Face++) and Hong Kong-based Sensetime over human rights violation.
Should research conferences continue to allow these companies to sponsor booths at the events that can be used for recruiting?
(N.B. no, I don’t work at Sensetime 🙂