Rudy Giuliani's allies return to desperately beg Trump for cash

Rudy Giuliani // Credit:Gage Skidmore

Rudy Giuliani's allies are pressing former President Donald Trump's team to help pay for his former attorney's own growing legal bills as he faces multiple lawsuits over his efforts to overturn Trump's election loss.

Giuliani's attorney, son, and allies like convicted former New York Police Commissioner Bernie Kerik have urged Trump aides to dip into his massive war chest to help cover the former New York City mayor's mounting lawyer bills after Giuliani's home was raided by the FBI last week in a years-long Justice Department investigation into his dealings in Ukraine, according to The New York Times. Giuliani also faces two multi-billion-dollar defamation lawsuits from voting tech firms Dominion and Smartmatic after he made false claims tying them to a baseless vote-switching conspiracy theory.

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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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