IBM / Genetec Surveillance System Investigated Over Philippines Human Rights Abuses

By: Charles Rollet, Published on Mar 22, 2019

A lengthy investigation into an IBM video surveillance project in the Philippines, raising concerns IBM helped local police conduct a bloody campaign of extrajudicial killings, has been published by The Intercept, a high-profile news publication behind several major scoops on the NSA's surveillance programs.

The investigation centers on IBM directly selling and setting up an Intelligent Operations Center (IOC) for authorities in Davao City, the third-largest city in the Philippines, in 2012. The center is sparking controversy because, at the time, Davao was the site of “hundreds” of extrajudicial killings under the administration of current Philippines president Rodrigo Duterte and his daughter Sara.

On top of IBM's involvement, IPVM found that Davao also used Genetec's VMS, and we have examined Genetec's involvement plus Genetec's response.

ibm genetec philipines human rights abuses

This shows increasing scrutiny of video surveillance from media and activists over its potential for abetting serious human rights abuses, particularly thanks to increasingly sophisticated analytics.

In this post, we examine:

  • Background of Publisher
  • Davao/IBM Surveillance Operations Background
  • Surveillance Operations Details
  • Genetec Involvement
  • Allegations Made In the Article
  • Analytics Scrutiny
  • IBM/Genetec Response
  • Why IPVM is skeptical of IBM's claimed capabilities
  • A Wake-Up Call for Video Surveillance?

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Publisher **********

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**** ********** ************* **** IBM's ************ ********** ******** funding ******** **************, ** ************* ********** fund.

Davao **** **********

***** ** ******** ********* of *** *********** ** 2016, ******* ******* *** best ***** ** *** longtime ***** ** ***** City, ***** ** ******* down ** ***** *********** ************ ****** **** ********* hundreds ** ******* **** dealers, ***** *********, *** street ****.

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**** ** ****** ********* Duterte ******* *** ***** model **********, **** *** death **** ** *** ongoing “**** ***” *** estimated ** *************** *,*******,*** ******.

IOC *******

***** **** ******* *** mayor, ***** **** **** about $* ******* *** IBM ** *** ** an ***, ***** ***** **** ************ *** **** **** in ******* ***** ****** such ** *********** *** Madrid. ********* ** *********** *** ***** *******, *** ***** *** included ** *** **** features:

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  • * “****** *********** ********” for ********* ***** **** agencies ** ********** ******** response
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Camera *******

*********, *** *** *** not ******* *** *******, instead ********** ** *****’* existing ***** ************ ******, according ** *** *********.

*******, ** ****, ***** media************ ***** *********** *** added *** ****** *** PTZ *******, ****** ***** $2,250 *** $*,*** *** unit ************. **** *** in ******** ** *** IOC’s ******** ******* ** 128 ************ *******. ****** manufacturers **** *** *********.

Genetec ***********

************ ******** *****’* ****** ********/************ system, ******** *****, ******** IBM *** ******* *** after *******:

**** **** *****, ***** is *** ******* **** IBM ********:

*** ***** ** ******* example **** ***:

*******, ***** ** ** example ** **** ***** Genetec's ******** ***** ********** software:

*** *** *** ***** deployed ***** ************ ******** was *** ******* ** do *** *********** ***** management, **** ***** **** integrated **** ***'* ***** analytics ******** / ******.

*** ********** **** **** a *** *** ******** systems - *******, ********* and *****, ********* ****** *** **** ********.

IBM "***** ************" ********

*** ***** ***** ** approximately * ****** *** from ***'* *** ********* for ***** '*****' ************ offering:

Allegations **** ** *** *******

******** *** *********’* *,***+ word **** ************* *** not **** * ****** direct ******* ** *** IOC ***** **** *** an ************* *******, ** cited ******* ******** **** the ********** *** **** to ***** ***-***** *********, who **** ******** ******* of *** ***** ***** Squads/unexplained ********:

***** **************** ********* ***’* ********** shows *********** ************ ***** after ***-***** ******

** ****** ****, [**] official ******* **** *************** *** ******* ***** ** ****** kids ******** **** * cab ****** ‘******* *** coordination’ ** *** ***** and **** ******

**** ********, [*** **** official] ******* **** *** Intelligent ********** ****** *** a ****** ** *** police ************ *** ******* of * *** ******** around ***** **** **** a ***

[*** ********* **** ****] made ***** **** *** knew ‘******* *****,’ ********** policing, *** ***** *********** were ***** ***** **** security ******’ ‘******** *****’

*** ********* **** ****** the ******** **** ***’* program *** **** *** purely ********* *******, ******* that * “****** ********** Army ******** ********** **** close **** ** ********** intelligence”… **** *** ******* was **** [***] “********* intelligence ** *** ********** of *** ********* ********** [to *******] ** *****”.

************, ** ****** ****, a ***** ********* ******, Artemio ******* **, *** tracked **** *** ****** by ************ ****** ***** being ***** ** * “government ********* ** ********* drug *****”

Analytics ***********

*** ********* **** ****** closely ** *** *** program’s *** ** ***** surveillance *********. *****, ******** no ****** ******** *** found ** ********* ***** used *** ************* ********, The ********* ****** *** possibility, *******:

[*** ***] ******** ***** analytics ********** **** ************* tagged ******* ******** ** camera, **** **** *** people, ** ***** ******** attributes. *** **** ******** the *******’ ****, *****, color, **********, *** *********

* **** *** ************ on *** ***** ******* also ******** * **** known ** “**** *******,” which ***** *** ****** of ***** ** **** time *** ****** **** for*********** ********

*** [*****] *-*-* *****, pointed ** ***’* ****** tagging *** ****** ******* as *** **** ****** tool *** ******* **** law *********** ** *******-**** operations, ********** **** ** came ** “************,” ** investigating ********* ***** *** fact.

******* ********, * ******** and ******** ******* ** the ***** ******* ******, said *** ***** ************ helped ****** ***** **** on ***-***** ******* ** life **********

***** *** *********** ******** as ** ******* ***** authorities ******** **** *** face ******* (*.*. **** detection) *******. *** ********* quoted *** **** ** Davao’s *** ****** *** other ********* ******* **** it *** “***** ******** deployed”. *******, “* ******** 2015 *********** *****… ******** a **** ** ***’* Face ******* ********* ** action, ********* ****** ****** from *********** ** *** streets ** ***** ****.”

************, *** ** **** raises *********** ******** *****, as ******** ** *** Intercept:

********* ** *** **** Human ****** ***** ******, Davao’s ***** ****** **** known ** **** ** part ** ****** ** targets ** ***** **********.

IBM ********

** ******** ** *** Intercept’s *************, *** *********** gave * “** *******”:

*** ******** ** ******* to ******* ***** *** human ****** ****** ** Davao ****. *** ************ Edward ******* ******* ***** that *** ******* “** longer ******** ********** ** the *********** ********** ****** in *****, *** *** not **** ** ***** 2012,” ****** ** ******** to ******* ******* *** serviced *** ********** ***** that *****, *** ***’* public ******* ******* *** program ** ******* ***** that ****.

Genetec ********

******* **** **** ****:

** **** *** **** able ** **** *** record ** **** * project ** *** ******, nor **** ****** ** the **** **** **** about **** ******* ***********.

** ** ******** **** due ** *** *******'* 7+ **** *** *** relatively *** *******, ******* or ******** ************ **** not ******* *********. ***** that *** *** *** contract *** *** ***/** a ******* **-******, ** is **** ****** **** IBM ********* ***** ******** from ******* *** **-**** them ** *** *********** government.

**** *******, **** ***** about ******** **** ***** prevent ****** ** ***** of ***** ********, ******* said:

**** **** ***** ** all ********** **** *** conduct ***** ******** ** an *******, ******, *** law-abiding ******.

******* ****** **** *** users *** **** ** the *** ** ***** local ************. ************, ******* said ** *** **** to

****** **** ** *** use *** ******** ** a "****** **** ***** violate *** ****** ** any ***** *******"

******* ** *********** *** "Partner's ********" ******* ** their *********, ***** ****** that ******** **** *** use ******** "*** *** illegal **********, ** ** a ****** **** ***** violate *** ********** **** or *** ****** ** any ***** *****", ********* below:

Skepticism ** ***

**** ** ********* ** the ************* ******* ****** by *** ***, ********** since *** *** ********* for **** **** * decade ** **** **** work ********, ********. ** the *****, *** ********* its **** ********* ***** to ****** ****** ** the ******* ** ***** analytics (*.*., *** *** 2010 **** -***: ***** * ***** Player ** ***** ************). *******, *** *******'* analytics (**** ****** *** providers ** **** ****) were *** ****** ******* with ******* ******* ** problems (*.*. ******* "******" *** ** Public ************ ********).

*** *** **** * years, *** *** ****** disappeared **** ********* ** video ************. **** ** the **** **** ****, have ** **** ******** pick ** **** *** in **** *****. *** is *** ********* ** ISC **** ****, ** a **** ** * 10 *****, ********* ***** low ************ *** ***** of ********** **** ***** later (****** *** **** **** Booth *****.)

Conclusion: ****-** **** *** ***** ************

************, *** *********’* ************* is * ****-** **** for ***** ************.

***** ************ *** ************* been ******* ** ** something ****** ********* *** used *** ******* ******** investigations. *** **** **** analytics ***** **** *** increased ************ *********, ***** are **** *** **** reports ** ** ***** used ** **** ******* human ****** ****** - and **** ** *** limited ** **** ***** (e.g.,********* **** ******* ********** Forced ****** *********** ******* Across *** *******) ** *** ***********. For *******, *** ********* has ************* ** ****************** *** *** ********* a ****** *** *** NYPD ***** ****** ****** to ****** ******* ** skin ****.

**** ** **** * long-term ****** ** ***** lives/privacy *** * ****** to *** ******* ********** of *** ***** ************ industry. ** **, *********, something *********** *** ************* should *** ***** ********* to.

Comments (26)

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*** **** ******** *** be **** *** **** of ****** **** **** food *** ****. 

**** **** **** ******...*** know *** ****.

 

 

*** **** ******** *** be **** *** **** of ****** **** **** food *** ****.

**** **** **** ******...*** know *** ****.

**** ************, **** ** *** US, **** ******* *********** the **** **** *********** regulations ** ****** *** elsewhere.

**** ***** ********* ******* better ***** *** *** wouldn't * ** **** to ****** *** *** video ************** * ****, be ** **** ****, vehicle *****, ** **** sign.

*** **** *** **** greater ***** *** ************ will ****** ******* ************* to ***** ****, **** why *********** ******** **** of ****** **** **** can **** ******.

**** *** *** **** ultimately **** **** *** tools ***** ** *** on *** ************

**** ********, ****** **** the ************ ** **** *** contractor *** ***** *** sets ** *** ****** directly **** *** *** here *** ********* *** ********* ** in *****.

**** *** *********, **** ** *** US, **** ******* *********** the **** **** *********** regulations ** ****** *** elsewhere.

*** **** ***, *** we **** ***** ********* for *** ********....**** **** try.

 

**** ********, ****** **** the ************ ** **** the ********** *** ***** and **** ** *** system ******** **** *** did **** *** **** ***** *** ********* ** in *****.

******** *** *****'* **** a ********* ******** ******** solution, **** ** ***** done **** ** * perversion ** *** **** tools **** ******** **** has. ** *** *** sets ** *** ****** directly ****'* ******* ******* different **** ******* ** to * ********** *** does *** ****?

 

*** **** *** **** greater ***** *** ************ will ****** ******* ************* to ***** ****, **** why *********** ******** **** of ****** **** **** can **** ******.

** **** ****, *** entity ***** *** **** is *** ********** ******. Sadly, **** ***** ******* to ** ** ***** a ********** ******** **** legislative, ******** *** ********* branches. ******* ** ** a ******* *****, *** a ********* ***.****** *********

 

 

...**** ************!

** ***** ** ******** “woke” *** ** ******** to ***** ** ********* if * ************ ** in ** ********* ******* position ** ***** ***** rights ******* *******?  ** far ** * *** tell **’* ********* ****:

*** ***** ** * company ** ******** ****** to **** *** ********/******** to ** ******/****** **** it *****/******** *** *** them ** *** *********** of ***** ******.

*** **** ******* ***** is: ***** **** ********* standard ****** ******** ** the **** ****** ** wrong?  ** **, **** about ******** ********* **** the *****?

** ** **** ***** for *** ******* ** do*********** **** **** ** entity?

* ********** ***'* **** all ***** ****** ******* warrior *******. *** *** a **** ** ****,*** just ******* ******* *** a **** ** *****.

** ** ***** *****,** would *** ** ******* to *******... *** ** ** a ********* **** **** problems, *** ***** * democracy ( ** ** Mexico, ** ** *****, so ** ******) ** is *** ***** ** a *********** ***** ** a *** ***** *****. The ******* ***** ***** rights **** ********* **** drug *******, *** ** oppressed ****** ********. ******* to *** ***********, **** if **** *** ***** authorities **  *** * crime ** ** ****.

 *** **** **** **** a **** **** ***  The ******* ** *** intercept, ********** ***** **** rely ** *********** *** innuendo, ***** ** *** wrote ***** ** ** proof **** *** *** was **** *** ************* killings.

"*** ******* ***** ***** rights **** ********* **** drug *******, *** ** oppressed ****** ********. ******* to *** ***********, **** if **** *** ***** authorities ** *** * crime ** ** ****."

** *** *** ** with *** *** ** technology ** *** ********* of ***** ****** (*********, death ****** **** **** sanctioned ** ******* *******).-as **** ** '?

**** ** *** ** the ******* ********* *'** ever **** ********* ** IPVM.

***** ****** ********** ****** be ****** ** *** violation ** ****** ***** rights - *** *** judged ***** ** *** occupation ** ***** ***** rights *** ********.

** ***** ********* ****** underscores **** ****** ********* against ***** **** *** deem ******** ** *** same ***** ****** *** purport ** ******. 

 

** **** ********* ** the ********* *********** ** a ********** ******* ** not ******. 

* **** ***** ** to ***** **** *** into * ******, ***** is * ********** ******* the ***.

** *** **** *** rights ** *** ********* and ********* *** **** harm ******** ************* **** drug *******, ********, ***** and ******** *********** ** hypocritical.

** ******* ** ******* that ******* *** *** genetec ** ****** ***** rights *****, *** ** the **** **** ********* there ** ** ******** of **** *** **** their ********** ** *** time *** ******** *** advanced ****** ** ** so ***** **** *** of ******* ******** * saw ** ****.

** ******* ** ******* that ******* *** *** genetec ** ****** ***** rights *****, *** ** the **** **** ********* there ** ** ******** of **** *** **** their ********** ** *** time *** ******** *** advanced ****** ** ** so ***** **** *** of ******* ******** * saw ** ****.

****’* **** ** **** eyesight :)

***** ******* ** **** article ** *** *** IPVM “****** *** *** genetec ** ****** ***** rights *****”?

*****, **** ******** ** the *********’* ******, ***** in ****** **** **********, considering ** ** * mainstream ****** ********** ** our ********.  

****, **** ****** *** the ******* ********** *** elicited * ********, ***** IPVM ********* ***** ********.

*******, **** **** **** doubt ** **** ** the ***********, *** ***** to ***** ********* ** this ******* ***** ** our ********,** *******.

 

"***** ** ****** **** newsworthy"

*'** ****** ****** **** as ***** *** ******** Reports ** ***** ************ technology. *** * **** to ***** ***** ******* wrong. ******** **** **** reveal **** ** ** the *** ** ***** surveillance - ** ******** it *****, ** *** cost, ** ******* ******** and **** ****.

****... [****] ********** ** *****, ** any ****, ** ******* ******** and **** ****.

***, *** ** **********, the **** ** ********* this *****-*********, ****-***** ****** with ******** ****-***** ******** is ******** **** ********.  like * ***’* **** want ** ****.

 

** **** ********* ** the ********* *********** ** a ********** ******* ** not ******.

** ** ******* ********* to *** ******'* ******** of ***** ******?

*** *** **** ************** ********* ********** ** the ***** ****** ****......

********* **'* **** ** find *** ******* **** or *** ****** ***** but **** *** ******* the ********** ******* *** the ******** ** ************ used ** *** **********.... you **** *** ****.....

"*** ******* ***** ***** rights **** ********* **** drug *******". *** **** proven ** *****, * don't ***** **. **** is * *** **** to ** ****, ***** rights *** ***** ******, if *** ***** ****** exceptions **** ** *** stop?

** ***********, ** **** to ** ***** ** potential ********** ******. ** maintain ** ******* ******** in *** ********, ** must ********* **** ************ deployments ** ******** **********. We *** **** * few **** ******* **** from *** ****** ******** “video *********” **** “**** for ****** **********”. ******** the ***** ** **** more *******, ******’* ********** is ***** *******.

** *** **** * few **** ******* **** from *** ****** ******** “video *********” **** “**** for ****** **********”.

* ***** ****** * believe **** ******** ****** will ***** ** ****. 

** ****** ********* **** it ** * ******* to *** ******** **** the ****** *** ****, and ***********, **** ***** surveillance ** * ****** net ********. *** ** should ** ***-****** ***** encouraging ********** ******* ***** standards *** **** ********** to ******** *** ***** negative ************ ** ******.

*** **** ******** *** Nazis ****** **** **** punching ******************* ****** **** **** managing *** ******* ** the ****** *** **** murdered

***** **** **** ***'* keep ***** ***** ***** for *** ****....

* **** * ** not *** **** *** that ******* ** **** article ****** **** *** core ******* ** ****.

***, ** ** ****** if ***** ************ ********** is **** ** ***** out ***** ****** ****** in ********* ******** ** dictatorships. *** * **** to *** *** **** type ******* ** ******* to ****** ******* ** keep ** ** **** on ***** ************ **********.

* ********* ****'* *** an **** ************ ** support *****-********* **************. ***** are * **** ****** of ******** ********* ***** own ***** ** ******** irresponsible *********.

***** ********* ********* ** the **** ****** *****.

"*** * **** ** see *** **** **** article ** ******* ** anyone ******* ** **** up ** **** ** video ************ **********."

**** ********** ******** *** perception **** ******** *** has ** **** ************ does ** *** **** the ******* **** *** do.

**** ********** ** *********.

* ************ ** **** does *** ******* *** to ***** ** ***** you ****'* ********** **.

 

***** ********* ********* ** the **** ****** *****.

** ****** ** '********' as ** ******* ** the ***** ************ ********. For *******, ** ***** reported ** *** ******* Report, ******* ***** *** no ********** ** ***** surveillance. ** ** ****** on **** ***, *.*., Xinjiang ** *** ****** that **** ** ****** to ***** ************.

* **** ***** **** IPVM ********* **** *** political *****; **** **** attention ** ***** ****** offenses. * ******* ****** these ***** ** "*********" posts ** * **** of ** ************.

* **** ** ************ that ** **** ****** have **** ****** ******** about **** ******* *** will ******* ***** ******** only ** **** *** do ** ***********.

"* **** ** ************ that ** **** ****** have **** ****** ******** about **** ******* *** will ******* ***** ******** only ** **** *** do ** ***********."

**** ** *** ** the **** ***** *** ill-informed ********** **** ***** who **** **** ** IPVM ***** ***** *** names.
 
 
********** ** ************: characterized ** ******** **** *********** **** *** ****** ** ******* ** ****

 

*** **** ******* *********** contradict *** ****** ** Undisclosed *******?

*******, *********** *** **** Undisclosed *************** - **** ******* know *** **** *** - *** ** *** have ********** ******* *** posting *********** - **** of ***** ********** *** stated ******** **********. 

 

*** ****** **** * for-profit ******* **** ******* US ********** **** ** the ******* ** ***** being ******* ********?

*** ****** **** * for-profit ******* ******* **** refused ******* ********** **** on *** ******* ** there ***** ******* ********?

** **** *** **** happened, ******* ** *** acknowledge ***** *********, ** they *****.

****** ******* ** ** DoD ******** ******* ********* were ********* *** ** ethical ********, *** ******* Google ********** *** ******* concerns. ***** **** *** interview **** ** *** how ****** ********* *** help ***** ***** ******* concerns?

******: ***** *** **** for * ***** ** the *** **** ****, they *** *** **** as *** ***** ***** during *** **** ************:

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