February 7, 2019 at 7pm: Meet Virginia Eubanks, author of Automating Inequality; How High-Tech Tools Profile, Police, and Punish the Poor.
Virginia Eubanks is an associate professor of Political Science at the University at Albany, SUNY. Her writing about technology and social justice has appeared in Scientific American, Harper’s, Wired, and The Nation. For two decades, Eubanks has worked in community technology and economic justice movements. She was a founding member of the Our Data Bodies Project and a fellow at New America. She lives in Troy, NY.
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.
In Automating Inequality, Virginia Eubanks systematically investigates the impacts of data mining, policy algorithms, and predictive risk models on the 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. Deeply researched and passionately written, Automating Inequality could not be timelier.
Books will be provided by The Open Door Bookstore at 20% discount before
January 30. Copies will also be for sale at the event.