Pro-Saddam justice, anti-death penalty

Simply because you were against the war and still don't find the capture and trial of Saddam Hussein to have been worth the sacrifice, it doesn't mean that it isn't the reality right now. Saddam Hussein, brutal tyrant and colossal asshole, is facing trial. And every person seeking justice should want him tried and punished accordingly.

Noting that a court under occupation doesn't necessarily carry the greatest legitimacy, zeynep nonetheless believes that justice can be served. He points out that, as with the Nuremberg trials, the you did it too, you hypocrite defense must be discounted, banning mention of: "any co-conspirators, co-criminals, supporters, enablers, financiers, and, of course, the largest category -- what-do-I-care-as-long-as-my-strategic-goals-are-accomplisheders."

As for all those:

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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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