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Black Lives Matter Book of the Week

Posted on: October 29, 2021

Algorithms of Oppression: How Search Engines Reinforce Racism

Algorithms of Oppression

by Safiya Umoja Noble

Safiya Umoja Noble was selected in September as one of this year’s MacArthur (Genius) Award winners for her important work about the harm being done to society by search engines. Google and similar online tools may look neutral but they are actually powered by a biased set of search algorithms that privilege whiteness and discriminate against people of color, specifically women of color, according to the MacArthur Fellow’s research. Her book is essential to an understanding of how racism is created, maintained, and disseminated in the 21st century.

See the Jones Library Antiracism Book List for recommended titles for all ages.

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