Durst: V-Chips

Clinton proposed a bill featuring a "V-chip" which will electronically block television programming deemed too violent. Instead of Big Brother, we're witnessing the birth of Big Nanny here. The rationale is; the unending stream of sleaze and ugliness is numbingly damaging to kids. No word yet, as to how C-Span would be affected. The problem is where do you stop? Aren't you going to need an "MFT/ Monkey Feces Tossing" chip for the Discovery Channel? And a "LGS/ Loud Greedy Stupidity" chip for game shows? And a "VCA/ Vile Cretinous Asswipe" chip for the Rush Limbaugh Show? I bet Frito Lay is already lobbying to get awarded the chip concession. Afternoon talk shows will warrant a whole container ship of Pringles. Besides, how many parents do you know who can program their VCR without their kids help? It'd be poetic justice if kids end up installing a "BS-chip" that would block out all those Sunday Morning public affairs programs and put holes in the national news the size of Newt Gingrich's ego. If the average kid has witnessed 100,000 acts of violence by the age of 12, how many examples of glib hypocrisy and self-serving deceit do you suppose they've seen? Enough to get Larry King Live banned for all eternity is my guess.

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Imagine you've forgotten once again the difference between a gorilla and a chimpanzee, so you do a quick Google image search of “gorilla." But instead of finding images of adorable animals, photos of a Black couple pop up.

Is this just a glitch in the algorithm? Or, is Google an ad company, not an information company, that's replicating the discrimination of the world it operates in? How can this discrimination be addressed and who is accountable for it?

“These platforms are encoded with racism," says UCLA professor and best-selling author of Algorithms of Oppression, Dr. Safiya Noble. “The logic is racist and sexist because it would allow for these kinds of false, misleading, kinds of results to come to the fore…There are unfortunately thousands of examples now of harm that comes from algorithmic discrimination."

On At Liberty this week, Dr. Noble joined us to discuss what she calls “algorithmic oppression," and what needs to be done to end this kind of bias and dismantle systemic racism in software, predictive analytics, search platforms, surveillance systems, and other technologies.

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