GOP presidential hopeful's illegal immigrant problem

In a recent appearance on Fox News' The O'Reilly Factor, Republican presidential hopeful and Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney professed such vociferous support for border security and the proposed fence along the border with Mexico that Bill O'Reilly dubbed it "the Mitt Romney Memorial wall." Part of an entire platform of issues on which Romney is shoring up his conservative credentials, his increasingly hardline position on illegal immigration is now being compromised, as a landscaping company he used for a decade has employed illegal Guatemalan immigrants.

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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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