Free Web Newsletter Monitors Activities of Right Wing

On March 4, the Washington D.C.-based civil liberties organization People for the American Way distributed the first issue of Right Wing Watch Online, a free "every-few-weeks" electronic newsletter detailing the messages that right wing organizations deliver via mail, the airwaves, and the internet. According to Matthew Freeman, senior vice president of People For the American Way, the newsletter will reveal the contradictions between what right wing organizations tell the public and what they tell their members about their agenda. "The Christian Coalition is a good example," says Freeman. "Amid national fanfare, the Coalition introduced its 'Good Samaritan Project' to the nation as a way of reaching out to African-Americans. Yet the Coalition has yet to introduce the proposal in its direct mail and fundraising outreach efforts to its members."Right Wing Watch Online will document the activities of such groups as the Christian Coalition, Family Research Council (FRC), Concerned Women for America, Focus on the Family, the American Family Association and others. As evidenced by reader response, concern about right wing activities is increasing. Released on March 21, Right Wing Watch Online's second issue already had more than 1300 subscribers. Among its revelations: Operation Rescue's new "God is Going Back to School" high school campaign was crafted as a plan to "assault the gates of hell," by "using large graphic signs of children mutilated by abortion and loaded with literature filled with truth and hope."In their "On the airwaves" section, Right Wing Watch Online documented a March 12 broadcast of Concerned Women for America's daily radio show, Beverly LaHaye Live, in which the FRC's Bob Knight's criticized American Airlines for marketing to lesbians and gays."There are a lot of kids who are now being tempted into homosexuality," he said. For a free subscription to Right-Wing Watch Online, send mail to MAISER@PFAW.ORG with no subject and SUB RWW in the message body.

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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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