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No Tech for ICE! Campaign

Mijente has launched a No Tech for ICE campaign, focusing on Palantir — its CEO, Alex Karp is pictured above — and its use of Amazon Web Services to help ICE, the Border Patrol and DHS carry out the mission of deportation and repression of immigrants and other Latinx people in the US.

Here are two links:

https://action.mijente.net/petitions/tell-jeff-bezos-amazon-cut-your-ties-to-ice

https://notechforice.com/palantir/

As vice.com recently reported:

HTTPS://CMS.VICE.COM/VICE/EN_U…

In a CNBC interview at Davos, Palantir CEO Alex Karp admitted that his company “[finds] people in our country who are undocumented.” For years, Palantir has attempted to deny or downplay any role in those operations by pointing to the two wings of ICE, which deal with “criminal investigations” and immigration enforcement.

Palantir, a technology company founded by Karp and Peter Thiel, has contracts with the Pentagon, the Department of Justice, and the Department of Homeland Security. Last year alone, Palantir secured $1.5 billion in new federal government contracts. But it has faced the most scrutiny over its contracts with ICE.

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Amazon’s Role in Surveillance of the Black Community

From OpenMedia.org:

Amazon is one of the leading vendors of facial recognition software in the world. Their Rekognition facial recognition technology has been marketed and sold to police departments all over the U.S.1

This software is dangerous and biased. It’s deployed disproportionately in communities of color, which leads to greater instances of harassment, wrongful arrest or worse. It’s also been repeatedly proven to disproportionately misidentify people of color. 2, 3

This week, Amazon put out a solidarity statement claiming to stand with the Black community and announced donations to various equity and justice organizations – but these actions ring completely hollow while Amazon’s still making money off facilitating biased policing of that very community. Send a message now over Twitter to pressure Amazon to immediately stop selling this technology to police departments. (not on Twitter or social media? The page has some options for using Facebook or email).

SEND A MESSAGE

Here’s what Amazon posted just the other day on their Twitter and Facebook accounts:4

They also announced donations to several organizations in the U.S. working towards equity and justice, including the National Museum of African American History and Culture and the ACLU.5

Since posting the tweet and the announcement, Amazon has ignored replies asking them to make good on their words and dollars by stopping sales of biased and dangerous facial recognition software to police departments.

We shouldn’t let hypocrisy like this stand. Use of their technology by police poses a huge privacy and safety risk to anyone currently protesting on the streets. 

Hundreds of people have already been calling them out. Can you amplify this message so that it finally breaks through? Visit the action page for a sample tweet, Facebook message, or email that can be sent in one click.

SEND A MESSAGE

Thanks for all you do,

Victoria with OpenMedia

P.S. Amazon’s live phone support is currently inactive due to COVID-19. But if you’re able to do so, voicing your concerns in that way, once it’s restored, is another powerful way to add pressure.

Sources

  1. Amazon sells facial recognition software to police all over the US, but has no idea how many departments are using it: Business Insider
  2.  ‘It’s techno-racism’: Detroit is quietly using facial recognition to make arrests: The Guardian
  3. AI researchers tell Amazon to stop selling ‘flawed’ facial recognition to the police: The Verge
  4. @Amazon on Twitter
  5. Amazon donates $10 million to organizations supporting justice and equity: The Amazon Blog: Day One