On Wednesday (or whenever the results come in) we're going to have a new Democratic primary contest

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The 2020 Democratic primaries began almost immediately after party activists recovered from the hangovers they suffered celebrating the 2018 midterms. The first 14 or 15 months consisted of the "invisible primary" fought out among donors, influencers and insiders. Now, after a month of drama in the first four states that didn't have much impact on the delegate count, things appear to be moving quickly.

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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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