Republicans disgruntled as ‘frenzied’ Trump allies push Democrat-like stimulus measures to save US economy

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With coronavirus having killed more than 3200 people worldwide — including nine in Washington State — the Trump Administration is worried about the effect the outbreak could have on the United States’ economy. President Donald Trump has been campaigning aggressively on the economy, hoping to avoid a defeat in November. And journalists Nancy Cook and Victoria Guida, this week in an article for Politico, analyze the “urgent effort” the Trump Administration is making to “rescue the U.S. economy from a coronavirus panic.”

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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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