Experts are worried that Labor Day could lead to next uptick in COVID-19 cases

PRNG continues its mission of screening all passengers arriving at the different airports and ports of Puerto Rico to stop the spread of COVID-19 on the island. Hundreds of Citizen-Soldiers and Airmen have been present in the fight to mitigate this virus, March 20-22. (PRNG photos by: Sgt. Carlos Chabert & Spc. Melanie Colondres)

Health experts are warning Americans that controlling the spread of the coronavirus in the fall may come down to what happens this Labor Day weekend. “Labor Day is coming up, and we need to stress personal responsibility,” Adm. Brett Giroir told reporters Tuesday during a conference call.

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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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