'Anonymous' spins Katrina coverage

In the wake of nearly unprecedented bad press the administration begins its furious campaign to blame state and local officials for the criminal negligence that led up to and followed the natural disaster.

"What I don’t understand is why the media continue to be star players on the Bush damage control team," complains Arianna Huffington.

She goes on to detail how the Washington Post and Newsweek both remarked that the situation had been made worse by the fact that La. governor Blanco was reluctant to declare martial law.

Except the Gov declared martial law days before the hurricane even hit the coast.

The Washington Post, which had attributed the false information to a "senior Bush official," made a correction.

Newsweek didn't attribute the information to anyone in particular, they just sort of, uhh, came up with the very same incorrect assertion on their own. And they have yet to correct it.

In addition to Newsweek correcting its mistake, Arianna calls on both publications to reveal the faulty source:

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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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