La Follette Seminar: Automating Inequality: How High-Tech Tools Profile, Police, and Punish the Poor
Today, automated systems control which neighborhoods get policed, which families attain needed resources, and who is investigated for fraud. While we all live under this new regime of data analytics, the most invasive and punitive systems are aimed at the poor.
Virginia Eubanks of the State University of New York – Albany will discuss her book Automating Inequality, in which she systematically investigates the impacts of data mining, policy algorithms, and predictive risk models on poor and working-class people in the United States.
The book’s gut-wrenching and eye-opening stories include a woman in Indiana whose benefits are cut off as she lays dying and a Pennsylvania family in daily fear of losing their daughter because they fit a certain statistical profile.
Co-sponsoring with the Institute for Research on Poverty.