Documents obtained by the Financial Times reveal Chinese technology companies are proposing new international standards in the UN’s International Telecommunication Union for facial recognition, video monitoring, and city and vehicle surveillance. The draft standard for facial recognition includes a requirement to store detected facial features in a database, and suggested uses for the technology include confirming employee attendance at work and use by police in public spaces. “A number of Chinese companies have really started to rise and seize market share around the world in these areas,” Carnegie Endowment for International Peace Fellow Steven Feldstein said. “It’s a deliberate investment prioritisation by the Chinese state to help flourish the [artificial intelligence] sector, and we are now seeing the fruits of that.”
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