'It scares me to death': GOP fears that Georgia's primary debacle will backfire for Trump

Brigadier General Randall Simmons, Commander of the Georgia Army National Guard; Brig. Gen. Stephen Melton, chief of staff of the Ga. Air National Guard and Brig. Gen. Reginald Neal, Director of the Ga. Department of Defense Joint Staff speak with Governor Brian Kemp shortly after he was sworn in as the 83rd Governor of the state of Georgia Jan. 14, 2019 at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Georgia National Guard photo by Maj. William Carraway

Georgia, like Texas, is a light red state in which Democrats have been making inroads: Democrat Stacey Abrams narrowly lost 2018’s gubernatorial race to Gov. Brian Kemp, and polls indicate that Georgia could be in play for Vice President Joe Biden. And during Tuesday’s primary in Georgia, many voters were furious over massive delays and glitches, resulting in spending hours in long lines and inoperable voting machines.

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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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