The NRA Just Tweeted '7 Ways Children Can Have Fun at the Shooting Range'

We maintain our right to be shocked at the utterly wanton, bloodthirsty idiocy of the NRA. Every news outlet in the country is wringing its hands about the deeply disturbing incident in Arizona in which a 9-year-old girl shot her shooting range instructor dead with an Uzi. (Her parents thought it was a good idea to bring her to the shooting range.) Is the NRA wringing its hands? No it is not. It is tweeting: "7 Ways Children Can Have Fun at the Shooting Range."

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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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