Iraq's 'caesarian' constitution

With more drama than a Shakespearian third act, the constitution was plucked from negotiations and will be sent to the people for a referendum on October 15.

"To the people." Sounds good, doesn't it? Has a ring to But Bush and the Sunshine Boys will have trouble with their quarterly designation of a Historic Day for Iraq and A Turning Point in the insurgency as the process is more like sausage being made.

Juan Cole describes: "But parliament did not vote on it. The Sunni Arabs did not attend. [And] Parliament has abdicated its responsibilities toward the constitution..."

One Sunni negotiator called the proposal "a minefield" while another called for UN or Arab League intervention in the process.

Meanwhile, an Iranian cleric hailed the new Islamic Republic of Iraq. (Informed Comment)

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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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