Tri-Caucus Chairs Statement On Amazon Rekognition

Jul 27, 2018 Issues: Civil Rights

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, the Chairs of the Congressional Tri-Caucus – composed of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus, the Congressional Black Caucus, and the Congressional Hispanic Caucus – released the following joint statement in response to a test of Amazon’s facial recognition platform that misidentified 28 members of Congress, a disproportionate number of whom were people of color, as people who have been arrested for a crime.

“Facial recognition and artificial intelligence technology have advanced significantly, but the recent ACLU test confirms how far such technology has to go – especially when it applies to our daily lives. The Tri-Caucus encourages both the tech community and the law enforcement community to take our concerns about the use of these emerging technologies seriously and engage in an open and honest discussion with our members going forward.”

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The Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC) is comprised of Members of Congress of Asian and Pacific Islander descent and Members who have a strong dedication to promoting the well-being of the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community. Currently chaired by Congresswoman Judy Chu, CAPAC has been addressing the needs of the AAPI community in all areas of American life since it was founded in 1994.