'Naïve As a Baby’: Here Are 4 of the Worst Authoritarians Trump Has Praised and Cozied Up to as President

President Donald Trump has received a great deal of criticism for his anemic response to the disappearance of Saudi journalist and Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi, who was last seen entering the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul, Turkey on October 2. Turkish officials have alleged that Khashoggi, a frequent critic of the Saudi royal family who had been living in exile in Virginia, was tortured and killed by Saudi agents—and that they have video and audio recordings to prove it. At first, Saudi officials insisted that Khashoggi left the Consulate alive and well; now, CNN is reporting that the Saudi government appears to be acknowledging his death and attributing it to an interrogation gone wrong. And Trump has used the words “rogue killers,” indicating he doesn’t believe they were acting on orders from King Salman or Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman, a.k.a. MBS. But on the October 16 segment of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski asserted that Trump is “naïve as a baby” if he honestly believes that the Saudi royal family doesn’t have a hand in Khashoggi’s disappearance.

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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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