HIGHTOWER: X-Rated Global Trade

Hey you -- pssssst -- yeah you. Want to talk dirty on the phone? For a good time, call Guyana.Guyana is not someone's name. It's a country in South America, and believe it or not, it has become a hot spot for "phone sex" companies that provide pay-per-minute phone lines where callers can dial-up someone to talk dirty to them.Just let your fingers do the walking. Check the personal ads carried in newspapers and magazines in any city in the U.S., and you'll find x-rated call numbers beginning with 592, which is the international exchange for Guyana. Indeed, phone sex has gone global -- not just Guyana, but also the Philippines, Poland, the tiny South Pacific island of Niue, and other Third World nations now are major players in the so-called "adult chat" industry , worth more than a billion dollars a year.Sheesh, bad enough that America is losing both blue-collar and white-collar jobs to low-wage nations, now we're losing no-collar jobs, too.In Guyana, the phone company was taken-over in 1991 by a U.S. firm called Atlantic Tele-Network Inc. In 1992, ATN began offering Guyana's phone circuits to call-in sex services in the U.S., Europe and elsewhere, and now an estimated 60 percent of Guyana's total telephone revenues come from international sex calls. In an ironic twist, the people of Guyana are blocked from calling any of these services -- Guyanese women staff the phones, but no Guyanese are allowed to call in, even if they want to, which apparently few do. As one local explained to Mike Mills of the Washington Post: "People are too concerned with deteriorating social conditions -- rampant crime, joblessness and political instability -- to worry about the phone system."In touch with "What's Hot" in The New World Order, where we even x-port America's x-rated jobs.

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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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