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May 10, 2020

BUSTED: Violent neo-Nazi steps down from CEO post at government-contracted surveillance company after being outed

Filed under: Bigotry, Fascism, Hate, News, Political, Questions, Reason, Science — Scottie @ 12:16

Banjo, a Utah-based tech firm, has worked with the government to provide artificial intelligence systems that screen people for public safety agencies. It was referred to by Inc.’s Will Bourne as “the most influential social media company you’ve never heard of.” In recent years, Patton and the company have made boasts at major tech conferences that their algorithm allows them to “know things before anyone else.”

Following the investigations into Patton, the state of Utah has suspended Banjo’s contract.

This is not an isolated incident. In recent years, reports have surfaced of the extent to which far-right activists have sought to insert themselves into big tech and surveillance. Clearview AI, another prominent tech firm that provides facial recognition to ICE, the FBI, and local police departments around the country, has extensive ties to fringe pro-Trump conspiracy theorists and neo-Nazis.

More at the link above.   Scary to think how deeply into law enforcement and other control systems racists have penetrated.   Hugs

2 Comments »

  1. You said it: “Scary to think how deeply into law enforcement and other control systems racists have penetrated.”
    And to what end? Nothing good, I’m sure…

    Liked by 1 person

    Comment by TheChattyIntrovert — May 25, 2020 @ 22:47

    • Hello TheChattyIntrovert. That is very true. I was stunned by it my self. After Biden wins the election there will have to be a real effort to find and remove these active racist / bigots from positions where they can use their hate to harm others. The DOJ will have to be reformed to to again protect civil rights and continue the job of forcing reforms started by President Obama. Hugs

      Liked by 1 person

      Comment by Scottie — May 26, 2020 @ 07:54


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