Australian professor flee to China after ethnic facial recognition research turns out to be unethical


Australian scholars suddenly left for China after it turned out to be unethical to work on developing techniques to identify Uighurs based on visual data.

A study conducted by Professor Wanquan Liu of Curtin University in Western Australia and published in 2018 uses artificial intelligence and machine learning technology to pinpoint whether an individual is Uighur, Tibet, or South Korea. bottom.

Face recognition technology has been developed and used worldwide, but not the ability to identify facial features of a particular ethnic group.

Concerns have been raised that the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) could use this technology to further persecute minority groups. IPVM Since then, Chinese press police have widely deployed Uighur recognition technology provided by China-based technology groups Huawei, Megvii, Dahua and Hikvision.

This is because the Chinese Communist Party has received international criticism of the treatment of Uighurs and Tibetans, and North Korean defectors have been deported.

Curtin University discovered that Liu violated Australia’s Responsible Research Code of Conduct on several accounts and has since requested publishers to remove the name from research.

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The front of the Curtin University building in Perth, Australia, August 13, 2018. (Orderinchaos / Wikimedia Commons)

The IPVM claims that the email indicates that Liu refused to respond to Curtin during the investigation, claiming he was ill. After that, the scholar resigned and got a job at Sun Yat-sen University in Guangzhou, China.

Sources such as ShouyeData When PHPYuan Liu reports that he was previously hired under the Beijing Overseas Human Resources Program (BOTP).

According to China Today, BOTP plans to hire 1,000 high-level talented scholars abroad and 10,000 students, similar to the CCP’s Thousand Talents Program.

Sources also reported that following the 2018 survey, Mr. Liu spoke at the International Symposium on Artificial Intelligence and Big Data, praising the “active development” of technology in China.

Tshung Chang, a CCP influence expert in Australia, told the Epoch Times that the CCP used facial recognition software and its Social Credit system to punish groups that were not subordinate to the Communist Party.

“It’s a matter of complete and absolute control of people,” Chan said. “Before 1949, Tibetans had their own autonomy, and at various stages Uighurs had their own autonomy. Over time, they realized that they had their own way of thinking. Some of them are still anxious for its autonomy. “

“Yes [the CCP] We try to unite them, culturally or religiously, as if there were no gods other than the CCP. “

Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region Vocational Skills Education Center
On September 4, 2018, a boundary fence was built around what is officially known as the Vocational Skills Education Center in Dabancheng, Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, China. (Thomas Peter / Reuters)

Chang also used this technology abroad to help Uighurs and Tibetans living in China, especially given the international presence of China-based organizations with Huawei and other surveillance capabilities. He said he could track his family and get information.

In an email to The Epoch Times, Curtin University said they were unaware of Liu’s work.

“The involvement of Curtin University scholars in this study was unknown to the university because it was done informally (without formal written support, that is, without contracts, grants, or memorandums).” Said a Curtin spokesman.

A spokeswoman said Curtin has established a new risk-based framework and guidelines for handling future informal research activities.

Daniel Kumerev