AWOL soldier refuses to return to Iraq

Mark Wilkerson has been AWOL for more than a year and is turning himself in at Fort Hood in Texas today. In this video clip, Democracy Now! airs Wilkerson's taped speech from Camp Casey in Crawford Texas.

Mark sums up his decision to go AWOL by saying, "I am not willing to kill or be killed for something I don't believe in. My morals said going to Iraq was not the right thing to do. I was not going to live a life of violence."

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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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