More Abu Ghraib photos to be released

Despite the government's protests that they will "damage America's image," a federal judge in New York today ruled that 87 photos and 4 videotapes taken in Iraq's notorious Abu Ghraib prison must be released immediately.

In response to arguments by Joint Chiefs of Staff head General Richard B. Myers that releasing the photos would increase al Qaida recruitment throughout the Middle east, the AP reports that Judge Alvin K. Hellerstein said terrorists in Iraq and Afghanistan have proven they "do not need pretexts for their barbarism.''

The federal government will immediately appeal the case, so the release is not imminent in any sense of the word, but ACLU head Anthony Romero said his organization will continue to push for the documents' release. "While no one wants to see what's on the photos or videos, they will play an essential role in holding our government leaders accountable for the torture that's happened on their watch,'' he said.

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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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