A patent application authored by Huawei and the PRC government includes Uyghur-detection analytics, in the latest proof that the China tech giant uses this explicitly racist technology.
This comes after IPVM and The Washington Post exposed last month that Huawei and Megvii, a Chinese facial recognition startup, tested and validated 'Uyghur alarms', provoking a global controversy when a French soccer star dropped Huawei as a sponsor.
Now, IPVM has found that Huawei, Megvii, and several other PRC tech companies have filed patents in China for various devices and systems that include Uyghur and ethnic minority detection.
IPVM is publishing this article in conjunction with the BBC, which has done its own investigation.
In China, AI software that can automatically detect whether someone's face is Uyghur is
The PRC government has even included these analytics in facial recognition guidelines. Many top China security camera manufacturers offer 'Uyghurs analytics', including the country's three largest: Hikvision, Dahua, and Uniview.
Huawei And PRC Government Patent
In a July 2018 patent application jointly authored by Huawei and the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) for the "identification of pedestrian attributes", Uyghurs are referenced as one "race" that "can be" detected in the "target" pedestrian:
The patent overall is described as being for an "object attribute recognition method, device, computing equipment and system". CAS is the PRC government's top research arm, with a $15 billion budget last year. The PRC government has been widely criticized for repressing Uyghurs.For example, the target object is a pedestrian. The attributes of the target object can be gender (male, female), age (such as teenagers, middle-aged, old), race (Han, Uyghur), body (fat, thin, standard), top [clothing] style (short sleeve, long sleeve), top color (black, red, blue, green, white, yellow), etc. [emphasis added]
IPVM investigated and exposed this working with the BBC.