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Automating Inequality: Do High-Tech Tools Profile, Police, and Punish the Poor?

Date & Time:
November 6, 2017 | 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
SA 104
Virginia Eubanks is an Associate Professor of Political Science at the University at Albany, SUNY. She is the author of Digital Dead End: Fighting for Social Justice in the Information Age and co-editor, with Alethia Jones, of Ain’t Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me Around: Forty Years of Movement Building with Barbara Smith. For two decades, Eubanks has worked in community technology and economic justice movements. Today, she is a founding member of the Our Data Bodies Project and a Fellow at New America.

You are invited to attend a talk by Virginia Eubanks, author, activist and Professor of Political Science, titled 

"Automating Inequality: Do High-Tech Tools Profile, Police, and Punish the Poor?" 

New data-driven technologies in public services such as child protection, homeless services, and public assistance offer opportunities to integrate programs, lower barriers to participation, and promote administrative efficiencies. But they are also part of a long and often-shameful history of invasive, unaccountable, and targeted information collection in poor and working-class communities. In this talk, critical media scholar and data justice activist Virginia Eubanks considers: Can big data, algorithmic decision-making, and predictive statistical models contribute to economic equity, racial justice, and the health of democracy? Or are they simply part of an architecture of surveillance built to profile, police, and punish the poor?

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