Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs


Download as iCal file

La Follette Seminar: Automating Inequality: How High-Tech Tools Profile, Police, and Punish the Poor

Thursday, February 08, 2018, 12:15PM - 1:30PM
Location:  Social Sciences Building, Room 8417

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.

Virginia Eubanks, PhD 
Associate Professor, Department of Political Science
State University of New York – Albany
Co-Principal Investigator, Our Data Bodies Project 
Fellow, New America

Related publications: Digital Dead End: Fighting for Social Justice in the Information Age; Ain’t Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me Around: Forty Years of Movement Building with Barbara Smith 

Co-sponsoring with the Institute for Research on Poverty

Contact:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.