Do Algorithms have Politics?

(Heatmap of users tweeting the N word in the US, from the Geography of Hate project at Humbolt University) In Do Artifacts have politics? Langdon Winner identifies that certain technologies are democratic or autocratic regardless of the intent of the creators of the technologies. The most well known example that Winner uses to illustrate his point is a set of overpasses that were made in Long Island in the 1930s. These