Republicans strategize about how to drag impeachment hearings down into the mud with them

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Republicans are gearing up to fight the public phase of the House impeachment inquiry by doing … more of the same thing they’ve been doing all along. Their witness wish list indicates they want to out the whistleblower—even though basically everything the whistleblower reported has already been corroborated by other witnesses—and continue to attack the Biden family via calling Hunter Biden as a witness, an attempt to continue the work Donald Trump started with his Ukraine extortion.

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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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