Republican Lauren Boebert threatens legal action against a parody website — and it quickly blows up in her face

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A group looking to defeat GOP Colorado Rep. Lauren Boebert is auctioning off the logo to her gun-themed restaurant after discovering she let the business's state and federal trademarks lapse, Colorado Politics reports. The group decided to auction off the trademarks after the conservative congresswoman threatened to take legal action against the parody site TheLaurenBoebert.com.

There are a lot of people out there more clever than us, and we sure don't want to let this opportunity go to waste," Rural Colorado United tweeted Tuesday along with a link to the online auction to the Shooters Grill logo.

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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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