Opponents of Brett Kavanaugh’s Nomination Turn Up the Heat on Red-State Democrats As Well As a Few So-Called ‘Moderate’ Republicans

Although Judge Brett Kavanaugh—President Donald Trump’s nominee to replace the retired Justice Anthony Kennedy on the United States Supreme Court—will most likely be confirmed by the Republican-controlled Senate, some opponents of the nomination are refusing to go down without a fight. And they are turning up the pressure on Democratic senators in red states as well as a few so-called “moderate” Republican senators they think might be persuaded to vote against Kavanaugh—namely, Maine’s Susan Collins and Alaska’s Lisa Murkowski.

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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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