Joe Biden comes out swinging at Trump for denigrating veterans, bungling pandemic and supporting QAnon

Former Vice President of the United States Joe Biden speaking with attendees at the Clark County Democratic Party's 2020 Kick Off to Caucus Gala at the Tropicana Las Vegas in Las Vegas, Nevada. // Credit: Gage Skidmore

Donald Trump keeps pretending that Joe Biden is “hiding” somewhere. In the meantime, a very much not hidden Biden is making frequent media appearances to directly address issues of the economy, handling the pandemic, and repairing all the damage that Trump has created in the last four years. On Friday, Biden appeared again for a speech and press conference, taking questions directly from the gathered reporters. That included taking a question about Trump attacking him for wearing a mask. “It’s hard to respond to something so idiotic,” said Biden.

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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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