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We control the technology ... not the other way around

It is welcome to see major tech companies deciding to hold back or cease the use of technologies that have not yet been developed into a mature state where they are free from bias. Just because a technology exists, does not mean it needs to be available and rolled out. We can decide it is problematic or harmful or open to abuse, and stop it scaling prejudice.

Technology giant Amazon has banned the police from using its controversial facial recognition software for a year. It comes after civil rights advocates raised concerns about potential racial bias in surveillance technology. This week IBM also said it would stop offering its facial recognition software for "mass surveillance or racial profiling".