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To: Massey University
Cut ties with iFLYTEK - support the Uyghurs
Massey University's agreement with the company is over - but not because of its involvement in surveilling Uyghur Muslims.
We received an email from Massey today saying that the relationship had ended because the "research interests of the Professor of Knowledge Science taking a different direction." In other words, it wasn't Massey that ended the relationship but the company.
Public universities clearly need a more rigorous code of ethics that precludes doing research used for the repression, targeting and surveillance of people. It is not credible for universities to claim ignorance about the applications of research work - our public universities must have research agendas that are clearly in the interests of advancing human knowledge and freedom, not serving authoritarian governments for profit.
The struggle for Uyghurs continues and we will be continuing our work in solidarity with that community. Newshub has just reported that:
"Chinese officials were instructed in 2017 to deport or detain two suspected New Zealanders flagged by a mass-surveillance programme as part of China's crackdown on Uyghurs in the Xinjiang province, according to leaked documents."
If you are interested in being further involved in our Uyghur solidarity campaign, please message us on facebook or twitter @AKPeaceAction or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.