The Chinese government has been allegedly using a
system of facial recognition cameras to track Uighur Muslim minority. According
to experts, it is the first known example of a government intentionally using
artificial intelligence for racial profiling
The facial recognition system has been
integrated into surveillance cameras. They look exclusively for Uighurs based
on their appearance and keeps records of their comings and goings for search
Previously, Chin had been alleged of preparing a
DNA database for surveillance against Uighurs and other predominantly Muslim
ethnic minorities in the Xinjiang region.
Xinjiang is an administrative region in
north-western China. The population in Xinjiang is predominantly Uighurs.
Uighurs are ethnically Turkic Muslims.
China has faced widespread international
condemnation for allegedly detaining Uighur Muslims and other Muslim groups in
the western Xinjiang region. However, China has denied there are internment
camps but advocated that people in Xinjiang are receiving “vocational training”
in “re-education camps”.