A new '9/11 Commission': Demands grow for a full investigation of the Capitol siege

Former President Donald Trump's second impeachment trial ended with his acquittal on Saturday, February 13, when seven Republicans joined all 50 Senate Democrats in voting to convict Trump for "incitement to insurrection" — a majority that fell ten votes short of the two-thirds majority needed for a conviction in an impeachment trial. But that doesn't mean that that Trump's role in the January 6 insurrection will be forgotten. According to Associated Press reporter Hope Yen, "bipartisan support appears to be growing for an independent September 11-style commission into the deadly insurrection that took place at the U.S. Capitol."

"Investigations into the riot were already planned, with Senate hearings scheduled later this month in the Senate Rules Committee," Yen explains. "House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., has asked retired Army Lt. Gen. Russel Honoré to lead an immediate review of the Capitol's security process. Lawmakers from both parties, speaking on Sunday's news shows, signaled that even more inquiries were likely.

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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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