Both Russia and Ukraine exploit facial recognition


Ukraine and Russia are both weaponising facial recognition - but Russia is using it to hunt down anti-war protesters, holding and sometimes torturing anyone who refuses to be photographed, while Ukraine is using software donated by Clearview AI to help find Russian infiltrators at checkpoints, identify the dead and reunite families. Russia's widespread surveillance means that activists can be followed and arrested anywhere. In an approved, peaceful anti-government rally in Moscow in 2019, attendees were forced to go through metal detectors equipped with eye-level surveillance cameras, the first known mass harvesting of the faces of Russian dissent. Alyona Popova and exiled opposition leader Vladimir Milov have lodged a complaint with the European Court of Human Rights. Nearly 15,000 people across Russia have been detained since the Ukraine invasion began.

Writer: Laura Italiano and Haven Orecchio-Egresitz
Publication: Business Insider
Publication date: 2022-03-21