19 state attorneys general file lawsuit slamming Trump’s ‘unconstitutional and unlawful’ border wall ‘scheme’

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President Donald Trump’s obsession with building a U.S./Mexico border wall is as intense in 2020 as it was when he first ran for president in 2016, and he is willing to divert funds from the U.S. Defense Department in order to get it done. But on Tuesday, March 3, a coalition of 19 state attorneys general filed a lawsuit challenging Trump’s plan to divert funds allocated by Congress for state National Guard units to his southern border wall project.

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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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