Saudi Arabia Wants Qatar to Come Under Its Heel: Even Old Saudi Allies Aren't Exactly Going Along with That

No signs of war disturb the normal pace of life in Dubai. The ongoing crisis between Qatar and its neighbors, UAE and Saudi Arabia, seems to have made little impact on everyday life in this major city of the United Arab Emirates. Qatar’s emir has decided to recall his forces that had been on a peace mission between Djibouti and Eritrea. Turkey’s parliament has authorized the deployment of 5,000 troops to join the 90 soldiers who are at a former British base near Doha (Qatar). Qatar has put its military on the highest state of alert. Nothing like this is in evidence in the UAE. 

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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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