Tomorrow's Rove

Upon hearing that a leading member of the Maine College Democrats, and sharp critic of the war, is keeping a high school commitment and shipping off to Iraq, the secretary of the College Republican National Committee, Dan Schuberth, got all, well, Republican and called his "logic and motivation" into question.

The portly, but otherwise healthy Republican Schuberth has no plans to fight in the war he supports.

The General is impressed with the preternatural Republican sensibility this kid possesses and concludes his adulatory letter thusly:

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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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