You give birth a bad name

I know all mammals do it, but I used to be pretty impressed by the whole pregnancy, labor, birth, and mothering thing.

Then along came Britney Spears. First, there's the whole thing of getting together with someone who still has another woman pregnant with his second child. Second, there's the whole smoking during pregnancy thing. Then, there's the promoting unnecessary c-sections, the $20,000 a night hospital room, and the private chef.

"The only thing I haven't done so far is experience the closest thing to God, and that's having a baby. I can't wait!” Brittney wrote on her website.

Let me say it here for the record: babies are not pashminas.

That's all I can say on the subject. Little Sean Preston Federline will teach them that same lesson better than anyone else ever could.

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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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