Watch Out: The Lead Water Pipe Crisis Could Be Hijacked to Gentrify Poor Neighborhoods

Welcome, everyone, back to the Real News Network. I'm Jared Ball here in Baltimore. Seven million lead water pipes nationwide calls for massive replacement of that infrastructure, combined with the legacies of labeling mostly black and poor neighborhoods as blighted, or as signifying a justifiable impending enforced removal of those populations, has led our next guest to suggest that this water pipe crisis will be turned into just the disaster capitalist [have been] necessary to legitimize those previously arrived at conclusions. Glen Ford, executive editor and founder of Black Agenda Report, is back with us to discuss all of this for his Ford Report. 

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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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