Automating Inequality

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Virginia Eubanks systematically investigates the impacts of data mining, policy algorithms, and predictive risk models on poor and working-class people in America.

“The U.S. has always used its most cutting-edge science and technology to contain, investigate, discipline and punish the destitute. Like the county poorhouse and scientific charity before them, digital tracking and automated decision-making hide poverty from the middle-class public and give the nation the ethical distance it needs to make inhumane choices: which families get food and which starve, who has housing and who remains homeless, and which families are broken up by the state. In the process, they weaken democracy and betray our most cherished national values.”

Virginia Eubanks is an associate professor of Political Science at the University at Albany, SUNY. For two decades, she has worked in community technology and economic justice movements. And she is also a founding member of the Our Data Bodies Project and a fellow at New America.



Click here to visit the Virginia Eubank’s website.



Click link to purchase his bookAutomating Inequality: How High-Tech Tools Profile, Police, and Punish the Poor.



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