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Challenging Search Algorithms

Watch this video to learn more about how search algorithms can perpetuate social inequalities.

Source: Noble, Safiya. “Challenging the Algorithms of Oppression.” Personal Democracy Forum, 10 June 2016, NYU Skirball Centre.

Writing Exercise or Discussion Questions

  1. What is one way that Google Search has misrepresented a group of people that is described in the video?
  2. What is the main difference between search engines like Google and library search tools?
  3. How do search engines work to confirm biases? What is an example?
  4. After seeing this video, what do you think you can do to ensure that you are using, sharing and creating information responsibly?

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