Some Congressmen Want to be Able to Carry Guns in the Nation's Capital

Two mass shootings that took place Wednesday—the shooting on a Virginia ballfield targeting members of Congress and the shooting at a UPS in San Francisco—marks the 154th and 155th mass shooting this year, according to the Gun Violence Archive. On average, this means a little less than one mass shooting took place each day this year. Data also show that the number of mass shootings, defined by the Gun Violence Archive as an incident where four or more people are shot, have been increasing over the past few years.

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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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