'$600 is a joke': Georgia Democrats embrace push for $2,000 direct payments as runoff nears

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Democratic Senate candidates Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock have thrown their support behind the push for a $2,000 direct payment to most Americans, a development that progressives hope will give a boost to the two challengers taking on Georgia's incumbent Republican Sens. David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler in upcoming runoff contests that will determine which party controls the upper chamber of Congress.

The previously stalled effort to pass larger direct payments—led by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and members of the Congressional Progressive Caucus—was given renewed energy by President Donald Trump's Tuesday night announcement that he might not sign the $900 billion coronavirus relief package if it isn't amended to include bigger checks.

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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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