Blackwater Founder Erik Prince Would Like to Privatize the Afghan War - And Officials Worry Trump Will Back Him

Erik Prince, brother of President Donald Trump’s secretary of education, Betsy DeVos, and founder of the notorious private security/mercenary firm Academi (formerly Blackwater), has an idea for the war in Afghanistan: he would like to replace U.S. troops with private military contractors who would work for a special U.S. envoy. That envoy would report directly to Trump, who has expressed frustration over U.S. strategy in Afghanistan—and some security officials fear that Trump might actually consider Prince’s proposal.

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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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