The Pope's Karl Rove

It's nice to see the Vatican taking its strategic cues from the White House. This week Cardinal Alfonso Lopez Trujillo told a Catholic news magazine, "We worry especially that, with current laws, speaking in defense of life and the rights of families is becoming in some societies sort of a crime against the state." [WaPo]

Legal experts say that the chances of the Catholic church facing any legal consequences for its religious teachings are slim to none. The facts don't stop Trujillo from whipping out the old dog whistle when it suits him. It's all about riling up the base and convincing them that the evil secularists want to persecute the faithful with their international codes of justice. Sounds familiar doesn't it?

[Washington Post]

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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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