'We have to hold ourselves to a higher standard': GOP lawmakers turn on Oregon Republican and urge him to resign

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Rep. Mike Nearman's (R-Ore.) Republican colleagues are fed up with him and their latest action to oust him serves as proof of that. According to Oregon Live, state Republican lawmakers on Monday signed a letter advocating for Nearman's resignation.

Nearman is facing deep bipartisan scrutiny for his involvement in the demonstrations that were held at the Oregon state capitol on Dec. 21. At the time, Nearman let protesters into the capitol building. Although Oregon House Speaker Tina Kotek (D) began calling for Nearman's resignation shortly after the demonstrations, his Republican colleagues had very little to say about his actions—until now.

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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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