GRITtv: AlterNet's Liliana Segura on the Pending Execution of Troy Anthony Davis


If Troy Anthony Davis is not granted clemency he will be executed for a murder that he says he did not commit. A case that was built almost entirely on eyewitness testimony has unraveled in recent years and, since the trial, seven out of the nine eyewitnesses have recanted their testimony, saying that the police coerced them. There is no weapon, no DNA and no motive. But the Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles rejected his clemency request this past Friday.

Anti-death penalty activist and AlterNet Associate Editor Liliana Segura reviews the Davis case and what can still be done to stop his execution. She also has a few words of advice for Barack Obama.

To find out more about Troy Davis and what you can do go to: www.troyanthonydavis.org.

You can see the full interview at GRITtv.org.
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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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