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Fake News and Bias Views: Educated by Safiya Noble

Safiya Umoja Noble states “We have more data and technology than ever in our daily lives and more social, political, and economic inequality and injustice to go with it” (Noble 171). Her book, Algorithms of Oppression: How Search Engine’s Reinforce … Continue reading

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Never Forget: Someone Is Making A Lot of Money Off This

I am intimately aware of the peculiar (and by that I mean horrifying) rabbit holes that my students sometimes fall down via YouTube and Google.  At least once a week I will have a particularly historically inclined student approach me … Continue reading

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What ever happened to “don’t be evil”?

The conclusion that struck me the most in Safiya Umoja’s Algorithms of Oppression: How Search Engines Reinforce Racism was: “search does not merely present pages but structures knowledge, and the results retrieved in a commercial search engine create their own particular material … Continue reading

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The YouTube Generation

Algorithms of Oppression: How Search Engines Reinforce Racism by Safiya Umoja Noble employs evidence of racism and sexism in search results to argue that search algorithms are reinforcing and propagating already present stereotypes and institutional racism of minority groups and … Continue reading

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Behind the Racist, Sexist Technological Curtain…

Before I get into my post, I want to share a couple reactions I had while reading just the introduction of this book I think the real power of this book is not only the way it captivates the reader … Continue reading

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Who needs teachers when we have Google…

My district is a one-to-one school where each student is given a Google Chromebook for the duration of their four + years in high school. The district pulled all desktops from the classrooms two years ago and teachers are dependent … Continue reading

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Algorithmic Oppression – Technology is Not Neutral

In Algorithms of Oppression: How Search Engines Reinforce Racism, Saifya Umoja Noble reveals precisely how search engine algorithms are not at neutral but rather are shaped by profit and advertising interests–often at the expense of marginalized groups. Noble introduces the … Continue reading

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