Kennedy's Senate Replacement Rewarded Insurance CEO for Fraud

When Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick appointed Paul Kirk, former chairman of the Democratic National Committee, to temporarily fill the Senate seat left open by the death of health-care reform advocate Sen. Ted Kennedy, D-Mass., the appointment hardly made news. It was simply a political appointment made to assure full representation for the people of Massachusetts until a special election could be run -- at a moment when Democrats need every vote they can muster in order to pass a health-care reform bill.

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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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