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Facial Recognition Goes to War


Clearview AI founder Hoan Ton-That using the company’s app.

Credit: Amr Alfiky/The New York Times

Hoan Ton-That enlisted his facial recognition company Clearview AI in Russia’s war on Ukraine by tapping its technology to help bring some clarity to the conflict.

Ton-That proposed to Ukraine's government that Clearview's application could identify both possible spies and deceased people, by comparing their faces against the company's database of 20 billion faces from the public Web.

Clearview, which is providing this tool to Ukraine for free, has compiled over 200 accounts for users at five Ukrainian government agencies, who already have performed more than 5,000 searches.

Evan Greer at digital rights group Fight for the Future opposes any use of facial recognition, warning war zones are often testbeds for the technology as a tool for surveillance and civilian control.

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