There Are Signs That the Death Penalty Is on the Way Out

Hiding behind the waterfall of Trump coverage and the rise of hate in American politics, a cultural and legal silver lining is emerging, one that is agreed upon across party lines. Yes, despite the cheers that Trump receives for calling himself the law and order candidate, Americans may finally be ready to retire the death penalty. In its Monday editorial, the New York Times uncovers a pattern, in public opinion polls, in research, and most importantly, in the results of trials across the country that suggests that " Americans’ appetite for this barbaric practice diminishes with each passing year." 

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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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