Jassy assured that Amazon would not sell facial recognition technology to governments that violate civil rights and liberties.
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Andy Jassy will be the next CEO of Amazon, so announced Jeff Bezos this Tuesday through a letter addressed to its workers.
Jassy joined Amazon in 1997 as CEO of Amazon Web Services (AMS), the subsidiary of the company’s servers that accounted for more than 67% of company-wide revenue. Jassy to take over as Amazon’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO) during the third quarter of this year.
Since the creation of Amazon one of the company’s greatest successes has been the cloud server business which was launched in 2006 and is run by Jassy, who has long been considered the future heir of Bezos versus the tech giant.
Amazon’s cloud services business grew out of an initiative to rent online infrastructure to other technology companies so they could sell their products on the Amazon.com site. During the last report AWS generated more than $ 100 billion dollars, surpassing giants like Google Y Microsoft.
Jassy stated to the site MarketWatch that server storage outsourcing “none of us had the audacity to predict that it would grow as fast as it did.” The COVID-19 pandemic has also increased the confidence that companies have in the services that AWS offers, Jassy told the CNBC.
“I mean if you look at the history of the cloud, I have a feeling that the pandemic will have accelerated the adoption of companies to be in the cloud over the next few years,” said Jassy.
Andy Jassy, Bezos’ confidant
In a letter to employees announcing the news, Bezos said he would focus on supporting other group companies and that he has “full confidence” in who will be the new leader of the company. According to the portal Business Insider Bezos considers Jassy as “his confidante”.
Since the founding of Amazon, almost 30 years ago the sale on the internet of almost anything that can be bought has expanded. During Bezos’ leadership the company became the online retailer that is valued at $ 1.7 trillion that employs more than 1.2 million workers around the world.
The facial recognition controversy
Following the Capitol riots in Washington, Jassy was involved in the decision to kick the app Speak from the company’s servers. During the Trump administration, the manager did not escape controversy by defending the software of facial recognition from Amazon, in addition to stating that Trump helped the company lose a contract with the Department of Defense to host the military information of the JEDI project.
In an interview during the show Frontline from PSB in September, Jassy said Amazon would sell technology from facial recognition to foreign governments, which created a concern of organizations because many countries have a history of human rights abuses like the repression of dissidents. However, at the time, Jassy stated that “there are a number of governments with which American companies cannot do business. We will not sell our technology to those people or to those governmentsHe said during the interview.
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Journalist James Jacoby asked Jassy about the company’s stance that its services be used to carry out those policies to which the AWS CEO replied, “Yes, again, if we have documented cases where customers of any type are using technology in a way that is against the law or that we believe it is affecting people’s civil liberties, then we will not allow them to use our platform, Not only Recognition but the entire AWS platform, ”said Jessy.
Organizations like the ACLU have reported that there is little transparency about how many police departments are using Amazon’s facial recognition technology, how they are using it or what policies they are following.
“If the facial recognition technology of Amazon it continues to be used by law enforcement in the United States and elsewhere, would be abused and may be used to discriminate, oppress and harm, Matt Cagle, ACLU civil liberties and technology attorney, told PBS.
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Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.