At least 17 women took legal action against Bloomberg for creating a 'toxic and harassing' culture

Michael Bloomberg by Gage Skidmore, Wikipedia

News of former New York mayor and current Democratic presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg’s consistent sexist comments come as no surprise to many readers, as Bloomberg has repeatedly faced allegations of sexist behavior over the course of his career. One allegation in specific made national headlines when Bloomberg was accused of telling an employee who announced she was pregnant to “kill it.” The allegation arose in a discrimination lawsuit that was settled outside of court with an undisclosed amount. Details from ABC News:

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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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