This pro-Trump lawmaker is refusing to be served in Capitol riots lawsuit

Rep. Mo Brooks/Official
Rep. Mo Brooks/Official

An attorney representing Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.) recently discussed the difficulties he and his client have been facing in trying to have Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Ala.) served in a lawsuit stemming from the Jan. 6 insurrection on the U.S. Capitol.

According to Axios, Swalwell's lawsuit names former President Donald Trump, his son Donald Trump Jr., his personal attorney Rudy Giuliani, and a number of lawmakers who he believes are "responsible for the injury and destruction" that erupted at the U.S. Capitol when the mob of angry Trump supporters stormed the building.

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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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