In the Wake of Sandy Hook and Aurora, Georgia Passes 'the Most Extreme Gun Bill in America'

Georgia residents now can count on being within range of others carrying firearms, even while praying in church, waiting in an airport, or enjoying a libation at a local saloon. Governor Nathan Deal signed the Safe Carry Protection Act yesterday, which makes it legal to bring guns into airports, churches, schools, bars, and other public buildings. And while this law may be comforting to a majority of Georgians (according to polls), the signing is being heavily criticized by Georgia Police organizations and the victims of gun violence. 

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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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