Neocon on Iraq: 'Greatest strategic disaster in U.S. history'

If you went to a protest in 2002 or read a progressive magazine you'd have read -- ad nauseam -- this critique of the approaching war in Iraq: Saddam Hussein had nothing to do with 9/11 and thus, attacking Iraq would have the adverse effect of decreasing our security as it would put the attack on Arabs on display, inflaming tensions in the Middle East and perhaps turn Iraq into an America-hating free for all.

Well, good to see some Neocons come aboard at this late date. From Evan Lehmann comes this shocker from what Juan Cole describes as "Neocon Central," the Hudson Institute:

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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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