"We Went There to Kick Their Ass and Take Their Gas!"

This video was made by an outfit called Agit-pop on behalf of Stop the Iraqi Oil Law. It's a great example of the kind of message that would never be aired by the commercial media, but can be broadcast to a pretty chunky audience via You-tube and other "web 2.0" tools.

The part where the kid screams, "The Americans are animals -- they are scum!" is just classic. Hearts and minds, folks, hearts and minds.

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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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