Young and Homeless

In boomtown San Francisco, there’s little slack for kids still finding their way. Housing is crunched. Rents top New York’s. Today, roughly one in five homeless people is 25 or younger. The boom has even hit people helpingthese youth; in 2013, after 12 years of running a drop-in center in the Haight district, the Homeless Youth Alliance lost its lease (the space where it operated is now listed as renting for $9,000 a month). The nonprofit became homeless itself, resorting to offering roving services on the street.

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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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