After more than four years spent building an edge-device management platform, IBM recently open sourced it, contributing it to an effort within the Linux Foundation to create an open framework for edge computing.
Called Open Horizon, the technology is the backbone of IBM's proprietary Edge Application Manager, but according to High, it was designed as an open source project from the beginning.
IBM contributed Open Horizon to Linux Foundation's LF Edge, an umbrella organization for a series of projects all focused on building the open edge computing framework, in May. LF Edge was created in 2019 with five projects, anchored by the EdgeX Foundry platform for IoT.
In addition to sheer numbers and the fact that compute is no longer confined to data centers and employee workstations, it means more processor types, operating systems, vendor-supplied software, DevOps requirements, and the like.
The company’s commitment to opposing this type of racially biased surveillance technology fits into a welcome trend of actions being taken after anti-police brutality protests have swept the nation.
In a letter to members of Congress, IBM CEO Arvind Krishna said the company would no longer make general-purpose facial recognition and analysis software, citing concerns about the technology’s use by law enforcement agencies.
He clarified that IBM “firmly opposes” the use of facial recognition “for mass surveillance, racial profiling, violations of basic human rights and freedoms.” The letter also outlined various efforts the company would take in response to ongoing anti-police brutality demonstrations, such as endorsing a federal registry for police misconduct.
Following an American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) investigation into law enforcement’s use of Rekognition, Amazon employees protested the company’s practices, and although Amazon has called for regulation of facial recognition technology, the company continues to sell its Rekognition technology.