US general self-quarantines after military leaders from Italy, Poland test positive for coronavirus

GRAFENWOEHR, Germany -- Brigadier General Christopher G. Cavoli accepted the transfer of command of the 7th Army Joint Multinational Training Command from Maj. Gen. Walter E. Piatt at Tower Barracks parade field, July 21. Keeping with tradition, the generals, including Lt. Gen. Donald M. Campbell, Jr., commander of U.S. Army Europe headquartered in Weisbaden, Germany, stood before the troops and passed the colors, with marks the changing of command. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Christina M. Dion, 319th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)

On Friday, March 6, military leaders from North America and Europe met at a conference in Germany — and a U.S. commander, according to the Associated Press (AP), is now in self-quarantine after two of the participants tested positive for coronavirus.

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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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