Microsoft artificial intelligence helps Chinese government

Microsoft research contributes to Chinese censorship and mass surveillance programs: reports

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Microsoft is cooperating with military-run universities in China, reports say.

Microsoft is cooperating with military-run universities in China, reports say. (By Associated Press)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) - China’s military and security establishments use the results of Chinese cooperation with United States software giant Microsoft in the field of artificial intelligence to censor the Internet and surveil its citizens, reports said Friday (April 12).

The links emerged when the authors of three academic papers were found to be scientists on a Microsoft project while also serving at a defense university in the city of Changsha, the Central News Agency reported.

The texts dealt with the subjects of using artificial intelligence in machine reading and facial recognition, techniques widely used by the Chinese government’s surveillance systems.

Microsoft reportedly did not deny it had cooperation projects running with several universities in China believed to have close ties to the country’s People’s Liberation Army.

The U.S. company has a research and development campus in Beijing and plans to open one more in Shanghai. Its operations were open and transparent, with the research benefiting everybody, the company reportedly said.