2 thoughts on “Microsoft Divests Ownership Stake in Israeli Facial Recognition Software Firm, Anyvision, After Human Rights Controversy – Tikun Olam תיקון עולם إصلاح العالم
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    1. @ Lemontree: Cardinal comment rule #1: read the damn post and all the links. I posted a link to the Microsoft report summary. I quoted the relevant portions of the summary and critiqued them. Now you come as if you’ve discovered the way to convert lead to gold and repeat exactly what I’ve already written.

      And you and Israel HaYom are wrong, as I wrote in the post. The Covington & Burling summary claimed, without offering any evidence, that Anyvision hadn’t engaged in mass surveillance, which of course they do. And because of that finding Microsoft was able to claim that It hadn’t violated its ethical principles around facial recognition technology. But of course the reason Microsoft Did divest is that Anyvision was violating these principles. If it wasn’t, there would be no reason for MS to divest. Further, not only did it divest from Anyvision, it proclaimed its intent not to invest any further in facial recognition. That too is an admission that there’s pretty much no way to be in that market without having your technology abused in ways that massively violate civil rights and right to privacy.

      Of course Israel is happy to be in that market because there’s billions to be made; and because it specializes in technology that violates all of these social values.

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