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Automating Inequality - Virginia Eubanks

Virginia Eubanks: 2020 Richard B. Lippin Lectureship in Ethics
by Betsy VanNoy Nov 18, 2019
When Apr 02, 2020
from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
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The Rock Ethics Institute welcomes Associate Professor Virginia Eubanks as the 2020 Lippin Lecturer. 

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. Deeply researched and passionately written, Automating Inequality could not be more timely.

WINNER2019 Lillian Smith Book Award
WINNER: The McGannon Center Book Prize for 2018
SHORTLIST: 2018 Goddard Riverside Stephan Russo Book Prize for Social Justice 

Virginia Eubanks is an Associate Professor of Political Science at the University at Albany, SUNY. She is the author of Automating Inequality: How High-Tech Tools Profile, Police, and Punish the PoorDigital 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. Her writing about technology and social justice has appeared in Scientific AmericanThe NationHarper’s, and Wired. 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 2016-2017 Fellow at New America. She lives in Troy, NY.

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