Broken Glass

To any sane person, the recent tactics of the McCain-Palin campaign have been nothing short of disgusting, appalling and overtly desperate. As the country (and world) plunges deeper into a economic hellhole, both John McCain and Sarah Palin have chosen to ignore the financial news and instead attack Obama via character assassination. It is truly a sad sight to behold.

Palin the Rebel Rouser

Sarah Palin's words this week have been startling. She is not even using veiled terminology. She is out and out accusing Obama of hanging with terrorists, paling around with terrorists, and why not say it - being a terrorist. She does NOT back a single thing up - she uses shoddy stories, innuendo, proven false rumors and anything she wants to (including a lot of winking) in order to press her case. She has NOT once talked about any issue that is relevant to Americans today. She talks about hate, terrorism and of course, Obama being different. Palin is painting Obama as the ultimate outsider, a man that simply cannot be trusted and someone that might actually invite al-Qaeda to dinner.

One wishes they could laugh at all these nonsense coming from a complete and total moron. But what Sarah lacks in intelligence (and trust me, a roach has more intelligence), she makes up with political and winking skills. She knows how to rouse an audience (just ask Rich Lowry about his boners). And all this is done with tacit John McCain support.

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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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