WATCH: Jon Stewart Blows Open the Rift Between the NYPD and Mayor de Blasio

You may have heard about the tensions between the New York City Police Department and the city's reform-minded mayor, Bill de Blasio.  The city's apparently plummeting crime rate—only 328 murders in all of last year!—has apparently done nothing to mend the rift. And now it appears that police officers are staging a little work slowdown to retaliate against the mayor for perceived slights. Actually, Jon Stewart thought "slowdown" might be too harsh a word. He prefers: "public safety staycation." Stewart even suggested a new motto for the NYPD on last night's show: "Chill and reflect."

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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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