Poll-Watch: Majority of Voters Don't Know Joe Biden

These data are almost meaningless at this point in time, given that Joe Biden, despite long years in Congress, is just entering the glare of the presidential campaign spotlight for the first time. In fact, a slim majority of registered voters -- 51 percent -- say they've either never heard of him or don't know enough about him to have formed an opinion. Among those who are familiar with the Senator from Delaware, he has a 19-point net favorable rating.

Those results are similar to those of Joe Lieberman when Al Gore chose him as running mate in 2000:

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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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