Farmer's Pork

Remember the bumper sticker "Got a gripe against farmers? Then don't talk with your mouth full!"? Well, acccording to a recent report by the Center for Responsive Politics, congressional candidates don't have room to complain. In 1993-1994, they were fed $4.1 million by PACs for commodity groups that receive billions of dollars in government benefits, according to Down on the Farm: Agriculture Interests and the 1995 Farm Bill. Overall, agriculture PACs gave $15.5 million to congressional candidates in the last election, making agriculture the third largest source of PAC money. The report shows how sugar, dairy, peanut, and "income support" crop PACs (wheat, corn, rice, cotton, and others) targeted members of Congress during the spring budget debate. Down on the Farm also provides a guide through the maze of commodity programs and the campaign cash and lobbies behind them. The report is a part of a series of "real-time" investigative analyses that looks at the role money plays in Congress' elections and actions. For a copy, contact the Center at 202-857-0044.

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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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