Virginia Eubanks (University of Albany, SUNY)
Wednesday, May 2, 2018 at 4:00 P.M.
CSE 1202 on the UCSD campus
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 will discuss her new book, Automating Inequality, which 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.