Watchdog says Trump's decision to pardon Bannon fails 'to live up to the ethical standard of Richard Nixon'

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Outgoing President Donald Trump released a flurry of late-night pardons that immediately drew ire and criticism from watchdog groups, law experts, and legal observers -- chief among them, ,his decision to pardon former White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon.

According to The Daily Beast, Trump's White House released a statement about Bannon's pardon describing him as "an important leader in the conservative movement" who "is known for his political acumen." The disgraced outgoing president reportedly defied the recommendations of his legal counsel and made the decision after speaking with his former strategist-turned-accused-swindler on Tuesday.

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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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