Here Are 5 Reasons Why Aging Gen-Xers and Boomers Need Democratic Socialism

Much has been written about Sen. Bernie Sanders’ ongoing appeal among Millennials and how a young Sanders ally like New York City-based Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez—who, at 28, is running against Rockefeller Republican Anthony Pappas in the 2018 midterms for a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives—can energize the youth vote and advance Sanders’ movement for democratic socialism (which is really New Deal/Great Society capitalism). But if there is any demographic in the U.S. that has an especially urgent need for democratic socialism and a New Deal 3.0, it is Americans who are 40 and over.

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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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