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Racism is written into the codes, protocols, and algorithms of the Internet

AUTOMATION: The Internet is far from just a direct information highway towards freedom

In one of the most iconic scenes from the movie The Matrix the protagonist Neo sees a black cat who makes exactly the same movements twice in a row. When Neo tells hackers Trinity and Morpheus about his déja-vu, they immediately launch a comprehensive security operation. It is clear that something is completely wrong. The two hackers, who are the leaders of an illegal resistance movement fighting the Matrix's digital totalitarianism, hastily explain to Neo that a déja-vu typically represents a "glitch" in the Matrix's operating system. A glitch is more than just a random and transient phenomenon, it is a sign of a more extensive systemic threat that means they are in imminent danger.

The famous movie sequence from The Matrix is the focus of Princeton Professor of African-American Studies Ruha Benjamin's discussion of systemic racism in the book Race After Technology: Abolitionist Tools for the New Jim Code.

Google's image algorithm

An example of one glitch as most people probably remember, is Google's highly acclaimed Photo App, which back in 2015 shone with automatic image recognition right up until it misidentified a young black couple as «gorillas». Understandable enough. . .

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Dominique Routhier
Routhier is a regular critic of Ny Tid.

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