The reason? Avoid “the massive surveillance, racial profiling,” and “the violations of freedoms and fundamental human rights”.

The struggle for racial equality has become a priority for many u.s. citizens, who in recent weeks have taken to the streets to demand justice after the death of George Floyd (and other citizens as Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor before him).

And that struggle is being waged also in the offices of the business. One of the last companies in speaking out about this situation is IBM.

Their CEO, Arvind Krishna, has communicated in a letter sent to the Congress of the united States that puts an end to their products, analysis software, and facial recognition in general use.

“IBM would like to work with the Congress in search of justice and racial equality, focused initially on three areas key policy: police reform, responsible use of technology and expansion of skills and educational opportunities,”, explains krishna.

On the technological side, pure and simple, to Krishna, he argues, that should help the security forces as the police to protect the people, but without incurring promote discrimination based on race.

“IBM no longer provides software for analysis or facial recognition”, announced. The Giant Blue “is firmly opposed and will not tolerate the use of any technology, including facial recognition technology offered by other vendors, for the massive surveillance, racial profiling, violations of civil liberties and fundamental human rights or any other purpose that is not consistent with our values and Principles of Trust and Transparency,”.

The ceo of IBM, emphasizes that “now is the time to begin a dialogue” that leads to ask “if, and how, the national forces of order should use” this type of technology. The debate is open.