'I don't take responsibility at all': Trump is still trying to blame Obama for his blunders

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Donald Trump wants to point the finger at anyone but himself for his epic failures in coordinating a national response to the coronavirus. In his primetime address to the nation Wednesday, Trump branded it a "foreign virus," claiming "the EU failed" as he announced new travel restrictions between Europe and the U.S. Those restrictions built on Trump's order in late January barring all non-U.S. citizens who had visited China from entering the country. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has also repeatedly called the virus "the Wuhan coronavirus," after the Chinese city where the virus first emerged.

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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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