The Threat of a "Clean" Iraq Supplemental Bill

I have a new editorial in this month's edition of In These Times about the unfortunate differences between majority opinion in Congress and majority opinion in the country at large. To give folks some sense of what I meant when I say Congress's majority - unlike the majority among the American public - is not antiwar, consider the words of Rep. Maurice Hinchey (D-NY), a member of the Progressive and Out of Iraq caucuses. He told the Hill Newspaper that if the current supplemental goes down, "the alternative will be to pass a clean supplemental" without any antiwar provisions whatsoever. "Then," he said, "you’re giving the administration a blank check," which would be a huge step backwards for those of us fighting to end the war. Echoing this sentiment is antiwar Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN), who correctly writes in a new Minneapolis Star Tribune op-ed that "a no vote on this appropriation bill would be a vote to continue the war indefinitely."

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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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