Are You Living in One of the Fattest States?

More Americans are overweight than ever before, but Mississippi and West Virginia hold the dubious distinction of having the highest obesity rates in the country, with both weighing in at more than 35%. This according to a new report from the Trust for America's Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, which also brings the distressing news that 18 states—including the entire South—have obsiety rates of at least 30%. On the other end of the scale, Colorado and Hawaii are the relative slimmest, with only 22% of their residents considered obese.

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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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