Conservative columnist slams Trump for ‘setting a horrendous example’ by not getting a needed coronavirus test

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Over the weekend at his Mar-a-Lago resort in South Florida, President Donald Trump met with Brazilian official Fabio Wajngarten — who serves as communications secretary for far-right President Jair Bolsonaro. Wajngarten has since tested positive for the deadly coronavirus, but Trump has reportedly refused to be tested. And conservative columnist Jennifer Rubin slams him for it in her Washington Post column, declaring that Trump is “setting a horrendous example” and putting others at risk.

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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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