Analysis busts Ron DeSantis claim that Florida is 'leading the way' on pandemic recovery

On Monday, May 3, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed an executive order ending COVID-19-related restrictions in his state — declaring, "The approach here is Florida leading the way, again, because I think there's some states going a different direction." But an analysis from the financial website WalletHub and economists for Howard, Yale, Drexel and other major universities found that among 50 states and the District of Columbia, Florida is #41 in terms of recovery from the pandemic.

According to the analysis, a key factor in Florida coming in at #41 is its low vaccination rates.

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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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