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Ukraine’s ‘Secret Weapon’ Against Russia Is a Controversial U.S. Tech Company

Ukraine’s ‘Secret Weapon’ Against Russia Is a Controversial U.S. Tech Company

BY VERA BERGENGRUEN/KYIV, TIME

Leonid Tymchenko spent the first month of Russia’s invasion sitting in his dark government office after curfew. Unable to go home, Ukraine’s Deputy Minister of Internal Affairs scrolled through Telegram, looking at thousands of videos and images of advancing Russian soldiers. When Tymchenko was offered a chance to test a new facial-recognition tool, he uploaded some of the photos to try it out.

He could not believe the results. Every time Tymchenko added a photo of a Russian soldier, the software, made by the American facial-recognition company Clearview AI, seemed to come back with an exact hit, linking to pages that revealed the soldier’s name, hometown, and social-media profile…

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