At least 8 PRC China police projects require NVIDIA and Intel chips to power their Uyghur-detecting analytics, according to procurement documents found by IPVM.
Intel promptly condemned the usage while NVIDIA remains silent to IPVM inquiries. Intel told IPVM it had no idea about this and condemned human rights abusing applications of their products, adding that it did not always have control over where its chips end up. NVIDIA, which has heavily promoted Tesla GPUs for PRC smart cities in the past, did not respond to repeated requests for comment from IPVM.
Meanwhile, the PRC government has increasingly promoted the use of its own domestic chips, in sharp contrast to the ongoing requirements for US chips in these video surveillance projects.
In this note, we examine this news and the human rights concerns, including:
Background: Ethnicity Analytics in the PRC
Evidence Of Ethnicity Analytics Mandated from the Top
Examples: 8 Separate Police Projects
Western Equipment Easily Available
Not Subject to Sanctions
Intel: "Opposes Any Abuse of Human Rights", Can't Always Control Where Chips End Up
NVIDIA No Response, Previously Touted Tesla GPUs for China Smart Cities
Amnesty International: "Extra Precautions" Needed for AI Equipment