Daily Briefing | Sept. 7, 2006

In tandem with the release of filmmaker Robert Greenwald's latest documentary, "Iraq for Sale: The War Profiteers," AlterNet and other leading progressive journalism organizations in The Media Consortium have produced a collection of articles covering war profiteering scandals during George W. Bush's administration. AlterNet's feature article for this special project, by staff writer Joshua Holland, covers the Pentagon's practice of outsourcing torture -- and accountability -- to private firms such as the contractor CACI.

In addition to AlterNet, the American Prospect, ColorLines, In These Times and Ms. Magazine have published articles today exposing the greed of the corporate war profiteers. Link TV will release an interview with Robert Greenwald on Friday. AlterNet has also created a special archive of links and summaries of these articles along with our own recent coverage.

This effort is a vital example of progressive journalism outlets coordinating to counter a media landscape that doesn't care much for real war reporting.

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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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