Blown Cover: Betrayal At the White House!

The current Joe Wilson/Karl Rove debacle has the perfect ingredients for a political-conspiracy-espionage flick. Blown identities, undercover CIA agents, secret trips in search of uranium, administration officials talking to reporters "on deep background," the president’s right-hand man caught red-handed -- what more does Hollywood need? And they could call it ... Blown Cover: Betrayal At the White House. Yeah!

So the staff here at AlterNet has come up with the perfect cast for the perfect thriller. Should any producer decide to take us up on these suggestions, you can mail the check c/o AlterNet.

(Feel free to add your own casting suggestions in the comments.)

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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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