Fastly reveals the real reason for its massive outage — pouring cold water on QAnon conspiracy theories

Internet infrastructure in the US is hopelessly compromised by an ...

After the global internet outage caused a vast number of websites to go dark on Tuesday, theories began circulating about the reason for the interruption. Now, Fastly, is setting the record straight and explaining what really happened.

According to Axios, Fastly, the content delivery network (CDN) at the center of the outage, is attributing its circumstance to a "software bug." In a blog post published on Tuesday, June 8, Nick Rockwell, the senior vice president of engineering and infrastructure at Fastly, revealed the outage was triggered "by a customer making a 'valid' change in their computer settings."

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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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