Joe Biden declared the winner of Michigan by CNN and NBC News

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As the vote-counting continued in Pennsylvania and CNN and the Associated Press declared former Vice President Joe Biden to the winner in Wisconsin, the Democrat was likewise declared the winner of Michigan by both CNN and NBC News, inching him closer to securing the needed 270 electoral votes needed for victory.

President Donald Trump's campaign claimed it filed a lawsuit to stop the vote-counting in Michigan, but no actual filing has yet been made public.

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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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