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Lippin Lecture to Focus on Technology and Inequality

How new technology exacerbates inequality will be the focus of the Rock Ethics Institute’s coming Richard B. Lippin Lectureship in Ethics. Scholar and author Virginia Eubanks’ speak on Thursday, April 2, 2020.
by David Price Nov 04, 2019
Lippin Lecture to Focus on Technology and Inequality

Virginia Eubanks

How new technology exacerbates inequality will be the focus of the Rock Ethics Institute’s 2020 Richard B. Lippin Lectureship in Ethics.

The Institute has announced that author and scholar Virginia Eubanks will deliver its annual Lippin Lecture on April 2, 2020.

"New data technologies hold incredible potential, but they also can become tools that inflict further harm on the most vulnerable in society,” noted the Institute’s assistant director Ben Jones. “The Rock Ethics Institute is honored to host award-winning author Virginia Eubanks to speak on this pressing challenge.”

Eubanks, associate professor of political science at the University at Albany, SUNY, is the author of Automating Inequality: How High-Tech Tools Profile, Police, and Punish the Poor, as well as Digital Dead End: Fighting for Social Justice in the Information Age.

In Automating Inequality, Eubanks systematically investigates the impacts of data mining, policy algorithms, and predictive risk models on poor and working-class people in America.

Eubanks’ lecture will be held in Freeman Auditorium in the HUB from 6:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 2, 2020.

The Lippin lecture is made possible by support from Richard B. Lippin and the late Ronnie Lippin. The Lippin lecture focuses on current ethical issues in the fields of business, medicine, science, and technology, as well as questions of justice.

Richard Lippin is a 1968 psychology graduate of Penn State who established the lectureship with his late wife because he felt that much of the integrity and honesty that he knew growing up now seems lacking in the world of business. His company, the Los Angeles-based Lippin Group, does marketing consulting for the entertainment industry.