The "Algorithms of Oppression" embedded in tech - Dr. Safiya Noble

Dr. Safiya Noble was studying Library Science when an academic colleague suggested she google ”black girls.” The top search results were images that perpetuated negative stereotypes, misogyny and exploitation. That discovery was the beginning of an investigation that eventually became Safiya’s book, “Algorithms of Oppression: How Search Engines Reinforce Racism”.

Immediate access to powerful search engines is seen as an empowering force in this world, but what if our reliance on search engines is perpetuating oppressive ideas and hateful ideologies--even swaying elections?

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More recommended reading: The Googlization of Everything (and why we should worry), by Jesse Daniels

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Do haters deserve our compassion? Sally Kohn, Author of "The Opposite of Hate"

Can you find compassion in your heart for the haters in your life? CNN political commentator and first-time author Sally Kohn says if we keep on hating the haters, the cycle of hate will never end.  She’s believes compassion to be one of the keys to breaking the cycle of hatred that pervades our culture in today’s divisive world. 

The question is, how can compassion defeat a system fueled by hate? 

Listen in on my conversation with Sally Kohn, author of “The Opposite of Hate” on what she’s learned from her own missteps as a former school bully and, paradoxically, as a well-meaning liberal, breaking the cycle of hate, and cultivating compassion for her perceived enemies.
 

Photo by Paul Takeuchi

Photo by Paul Takeuchi

Deb Liu of Facebook Is Developing More Women in Tech–And Calling Out Sexist Language

Deb Liu is the VP of Platform and Marketplace at Facebook.  She's working to address the challenges that women in tech are facing both on day to day basis, and through a non-profit she co-founded called Women in Product, which brings together women who build. Listen to our conversation here:

Deb also wrote and recorded a special "audio OpEd" for us about sexist language at work. Much of this language is hiding in plain sight. Want to take her challenge? Track how many of the words below you use or hear in a given day. Listen to her OpEd here:

"Male words"

Compiled by Deb Liu

Two-man rule

Man-on-man defense

Gentlemen's agreement

Old Boys Club

Man up

Ballsy

Two guys in a garage (starting a startup)

Right-hand man

That's his boy

Poster boy

Man bites dog

Manpower

Wingman

White man's burden

Strawman

Key man risk

Everyman

Middleman

Great man myth

Grow a pair

Big boy pants

Cowboy

Guys

Dude

Man hours

Man sprints

Quarterback

Manning a booth

Everyone and their brother

Deb Liu

Deb Liu

A Big Misunderstanding, From "B stories"

What happens when sexist language doesn't quite hit its mark? From B stories podcast comes "A Big Misunderstanding" by producer Megan Jones and field producer, Suzanne Ahearne.

B stories offers "unserious, non-political, lighthearted stories about boobies told by women and men. Illustrations courtesy of each storyteller." Check them out here

Illustration courtesy of the storyteller

Illustration courtesy of the storyteller