Fox news: vigilante edition

It's difficult to determine whether this is a. the dumbest thing I've heard in a while or b. the most dangerous. Maybe you can help decide.

The occupants of the home wrongly fingered as terrorists by Fox host John Loftus could've been killed as a result of this irresponsibility. As it is, they face continued harassment. Chrish explains: "[John Loftus] gave the family's address on the air, saying that a terrorist connected with the July 7 London bombings lived at the address. Directions and satellite photos were briefly available on-line until police intervened and had them taken down."

The harassed family, understandably, would like a public apology and correction. To date -- get this -- they've received only an email from the host.

For his part, Loftus claims that he only wanted to "help local police." John, may we humbly suggest that the next time you have some information, you save yourself the apology email and just send one to the cops? (Newshounds)

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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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