Robert Reich Eviscerates Right-Wing Lies on Social Security and Explains Why It Should Be Expanded (VIDEO)

For the past 30 years, scores of conservative and centrist think tanks, pundits and propagandists have worked hard to convince people that Social Security is "running out of money" and that in order to "save" it we must cut benefits or raise the retirement age. Like most right-wing "starve the beast" approaches, the assault on our social safety net is based on a mixture of misinformation, scare tactics and downright shoddy math. 

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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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