North Carolina Republican urges Trump to wear a face mask at state campaign event: ‘He just needs to do it’

President Donald J. Trump speaks with laboratory personnel during a tour Monday, July 27, 2020, at the Bioprocess Innovation Center at Fujifilm Diosynth Biotechnologies in Morrisville, N.C. (Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead)

President Donald Trump continues to mock former Vice President Joe Biden for wearing protective face masks in public, and during a press conference on Labor Day, he tried to bully Reuters reporter Jeff Mason into removing his face mask — which Mason refused to do. Trump has usually avoided wearing face masks, but Republican Dave Plyler — who chairs the Forsyth County Board of Commissioners in North Carolina — is urging the president to wear one when he visits that area for a campaign event on Tuesday, September 8.

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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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