'Not who we are as a country': Elise Stefanik once lambasted Trump

Elise Stefanik was once touted as a GOP ‘moderate’ — but she's gone full Trumpian with impeachment
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Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-N.Y.) may be the woman Republican lawmakers are eliciting in hopes of ousting Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) over her disapproval of former President Donald Trump. However, in the past, Stefanik has also had strong opinions about Trump.

Although Stefanik has emerged as a vocal supporter of the disgraced embattled president, the truth is she wasn't always as supportive of his rhetoric and policies, according to CNN. The publication notes a number of occasions over the last several years where Stefanik has sounded off about Trump.

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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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