Automating Inequality

Automating Inequality

How High-tech Tools Profile, Police, and Punish the Poor

Book - 2018 | First edition
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Since the dawn of the digital age, decision-making in finance, employment, politics, health and human services has undergone revolutionary change. Today, automated systems -- rather than humans -- 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, the most invasive and punitive systems are aimed at the poor. In Automating Inequality, Virginia Eubanks systematically investigates the impacts of data mining, policy algorithms, and predictive risk models on poor and working-class people in America. The book is full of heart-wrenching and eye-opening stories, from a woman in Indiana whose benefits are literally cut off as she lays dying to a family in Pennsylvania in daily fear of losing their daughter because they fit a certain statistical profile.
Publisher: New York :, St. Martin's Press,, 2018
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9781250074317
Branch Call Number: 362.560285 EUB


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Mar 26, 2018

It strikes me that we no longer have authors like Dickens who write of poor but striving people and the challenges (and villains) they face.

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