Laura Flanders Presents 'Bomb It: Global Graffiti and the Battle for Public Space'

It is harder and harder to find public space free of advertising or corporate ownership. Go to an art gallery or museum a movie theater or even your public school and you'll find the familiar logos that have come to define so much of who we are. There are ads everywhere. We've been branded.

But public space is always being contested. In the documentary Bomb It, filmmaker Jon Reiss follows artists on five continents as they battle for control over the urban visual landscape. Can corporate space be reclaimed? And who gets to determine what we look at today? See "the making of" Bomb It on the flip side.

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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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