Revealed: Congressman scolded others for capitalizing on the pandemic -- while he was doing the exact same thing

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At the onset of the pandemic, Rep. Tom Malinowski (D-N.J.) scolded those who were interested in capitalizing on the health crisis as he stressed that it is "not the time for anybody to be profiting." However, it appears the New Jersey lawmaker did not adhere to his own advice.

According to NBC4, Malinowski, a two-term Democratic lawmaker, reportedly purchased or sold off approximately seven figures worth of medical and tech stocks for companies that were instrumental in the pandemic response. The publication reports that Malinowski's trades were approximately a third of $3.2 million worth of trade activity he failed to disclose.

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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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