Friday culture break

It's been a tough couple of weeks in the nation, so let's all stop for a minute and watch 5th graders doing an incredibly faithful reenactment of Devo's "Whip It:" [VIDEO, if that fails, try this VIDEO]

My mom went to high school with the Mothersbaugh brothers outside of Akron, OH. What does she remember about them? Not much, they were a little younger than her, but she does say: "They were always kinda strange. And they weren't even in the band or anything in school." Aw, thanks for the inside scoop, Mom! (BoingBoing)

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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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