James Comey Confirms That He's Working with a Powerful Lawyer

Former FBI Director James Comey revealed that he has been working with an attorney since May 2017, the month he was fired by Donald Trump. His attorney isn’t any ol’ run-of-the-mill lawyer, it’s Patrick J. Fitzgerald, former U.S. attorney for the Northern District of Illinois. Fitzgerald oversaw many high-profile cases on that position, perhaps none more famous than his prosecution of Dick Cheney’s right hand man, Scooter Libby. From NBC News in 2007:

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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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