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The State of Indiana denies one million applications for healthcare, foodstamps and cash benefits in three years—because a new computer system interprets any mistake as “failure to cooperate.” In Los Angeles, an algorithm calculates the comparative vulnerability of tens of thousands of homeless people in order to prioritize them for an inadequate pool of housing resources. In Pittsburgh, a child welfare agency uses a statistical model to try to predict which children might be future victims of abuse or neglect.
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.
The U.S. has always used its most cutting-edge science and technology to contain, investigate, discipline and punish the destitute. Like the county poorhouse and scientific charity before them, digital tracking and automated decision-making hide poverty from the middle-class public and give the nation the ethical distance it needs to make inhumane choices: which families get food and which starve, who has housing and who remains homeless, and which families are broken up by the state. In the process, they weaken democracy and betray our most cherished national values.
This deeply researched and passionate book could not be more timely.
Naomi Klein: "This book is downright scary."
Ethan Zuckerman, MIT: "Should be required reading."
Dorothy Roberts, author of Killing the Black Body: "A must-read for everyone concerned about modern tools of inequality in America."
Astra Taylor, author of The People's Platform: "This is the single most important book about technology you will read this year."
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February 13, 2018
If among you, one of your brothers should become poor, in any of your towns within your land that the Lord your God is giving you, you shall not harden your heart or shut your hand against your poor brother, but you shall open your hand to him and lend him sufficient for his need, whatever it ma...
November 27, 2017
Automating Inequality: How High-Tech Tools Profile, Police, and Punish the Poor by Virginia Eubanks is a report on the use of technology in determining government assistance programs. Eubanks is the co-founder of Our Knowledge, Our Power (OKOP), a grassroots anti-poverty and welfare rights organi...
February 05, 2018
I have never read anything more relevant to my career and work. brb, recommending to literally everyone
January 25, 2018
Digital technology which could help the strengthen the social safety net is used as a surveillance net to monitor, regulate, and scrutinize the poor who come in its gaze. It is not the technology that is the problem so much as the values of the administrators and politicians who weld it. They mak...
January 10, 2018
Virginia Eubanks has done all of us a favor, and we should really appreciate how difficult this must have been. She looks at a large stretch of American history, in how it treats its poor and oppressed minority groups and uses technology to do so. This is not an easy or pleasant thing to come to...
November 27, 2017
is very good book,
so excelent and beautiful im like
January 20, 2018
Target, track, punish. Repeat.
Notwithstanding what the French wrote on the Statue of Liberty, America hates its poor. It will spend billions to deny them help. In Automating Inequality, Virginia Eubanks says we manage the poor so we don’t have to eradicate poverty. Instead, we have developed a D...
March 11, 2018
A really insightful read. There are several themes: the belief that new technology can resolve complex issues; the concept of rational discrimination and biased design; the privatization of different services within this space; the lack of meaningful engagement in the designs of algorithms meant...
February 28, 2018
Anyone who has ever claimed that technological development is linked to social progress must read this book. I was blown away.
I want to give a special mention to the “Oath of Non-Harm for an Age of Big Data”. Everyone working in government, technology, or really anywhere should have a copy of th...
February 05, 2018
A copy of this title has been provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
‘Automating Inequality’ explores the current state of public assistance programs in the United States through 3 fascinating case studies...a disastrous automated benefits eligibility system in I...