Support the war, give your children

As Mass. governor Mitt Romney (who still supports the war) was being honored by the National Guard, a reporter for the Boston Herald asked about his children and received this reportedly peeved response: "No, I have not urged my own children to enlist. I don't know the status of my childrens' potentially enlisting in the Guard and Reserve..."

We can expect more questions in the near future.

Oklahoma blogger VIA sent a letter to congressman Sullivan there requesting an inquiry into the rationale for war which begins: "I don't know if you have children old enough to serve in Iraq, but I know you would not want them to risk their lives for a war that was based on a lie." (Church of the Front Porch)

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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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