Jeff Sessions wants to take on Doug Jones in Alabama’s Senate race — but must contend with Trump voters who believe ‘the swamp got to him’

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Of all the Democrats who are seeking reelection to the U.S. Senate in 2020, the one who is often cited as the most vulnerable is Alabama Sen. Doug Jones — a centrist Democrat in a deep red state where President Donald Trump continues to be quite popular. The Republicans who been competing for a chance to run against Jones range from former Attorney General Jeff Sessions to Auburn University football coach Tommy Tuberville to Rep. Bradley Byrne. And Sessions, journalists James Arkin and Marianne Levine report in an article for Politico, is facing his share of challenges in Alabama’s GOP senatorial primary even though polls have shown him with a narrow lead over Tuberville and Byrne.

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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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