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Two leading researchers investigate racial bias built into widely used search engines.

Premiered: Runtime: 20:37Topic: Tech + EngineeringTech & EngineeringNova

Why does a widely used internet search engine deliver results that can be blatantly racist and sexist? Two leading information researchers investigate their discoveries of hidden biases in the search technology we rely on every day, involving pornographic images and ads implying criminal behavior triggered by simple search queries. Both researchers share common concerns about how everyday online searches can reinforce damaging stereotypes, and explore how technology can be made more equitable. (Premiered April 14, 2021)

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