Amazon employees are reportedly gearing up to confront CEO Jeff Bezos at an all-staff meeting this week about selling facial recognition software to law enforcement (AMZN)

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Amazon employees have openly and publicly criticized the company for selling its facial recognition software, called Rekognition, to police.
Amazon employees are urging their colleagues to ramp up the pressure on the company at an all-staff meeting Thursday by inundating CEO Jeff Bezos with questions about the company’s dealings with law enforcement, Recode reports.
Since June, hundreds of Amazon employees have petitioned the company to stop sales of Rekognition and cut ties with Palantir, a company whose software is used by ICE for its deportation and tracking program.

At an all-staff meeting later this week, Amazon employees will reportedly take further steps to confront CEO Jeff Bezos over the company’s controversial sales of its facial recognition software to police and immigration authorities.

Recode reports that Amazon workers are planning to flood Amazon executives with enough questions about its dealings with law enforcement that leadership won’t be able to ignore the issue. The meeting, which will be livestreamed to employees globally, is scheduled for Thursday.

(Read more: An Amazon staffer says over 450 employees wrote to Jeff Bezos demanding Amazon stop selling facial-recognition software to police)

“We think that if enough people submit questions, there is a greater chance we can hold leadership accountable,” an Amazon employee wrote in an email to colleagues obtained by Recode.

This organized movement is being headed by a group of Amazon employees who have been outspoken in criticizing the company’s artificial intelligence software called Rekognition, according to internal emails obtained by Recode.

Amazon has prided Rekognition as a facial recognition tool that can make IDs for the purposes of “preventing human trafficking” and “inhibiting child exploitation.” However, the ACLU revealed in May that Amazon had sold Rekognition to government and police agencies for the purpose …read more

Source:: Business Insider


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