'Bullshit protector'

Cory Doctorow quotes Amid:
"A 73-year-old veteran, Bill Moyer, made the ultimate fashion statement at Bush's speech in Idaho yesterday: he wore a 'bullshit protector' over his ears. The photo made the AP and is all over the net now. Inspired by Moyer, Wiseass.org has created a do-it-yourself PDF version of the earpiece.'"
It should also be noted that many TV stations have struck their own hear no evil stance, refusing to run the Cindy Sheehan ads that are following Bush's war-sell tour. (Boing Boing)
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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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