Police Brutality Victim Becomes Cop - Then Politician Bent on Police Reform

Eric Adams was 15 when police officers arrested him on a criminal trespass charge, took him into the basement of the 103rd Precinct, in Jamaica, Queens, and beat him so severely that he would urinate blood for the next seven days. Embarrassed and ashamed, he never said a word to anyone about the brutality he experienced. Not even his mother. As Adams reflects back on that week, he’s not sure what good it would have done to tell anyone outside of his family. What could they have done?

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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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