House GOP strikes down unanimous consent of $2000 direct payments to Americans

House Democrats urged to remove 'insidious attack' on Social Security hidden within Senate coronavirus bill
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House Democrats echoed President Donald Trump's request for $2,000 direct payments to Americans but Republicans have, once again, struck down the initiative which would have provided a much-needed financial boost for American workers.

Shortly after Trump's press conference on Tuesday, Dec. 22, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) signaled her support of increasing payments. The president lambasted lawmakers' $900 billion bill, which included direct payments of $600 to Americans—an amount Trump deemed inadequate.

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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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