MBB: Virginia Eubanks discusses and signs her new book: Automating Inequality

Market Block Books welcomes local author Virginia Eubanks for a discussion and book signing of her book, Automating Inequality: How High-Tech Tools Profile, Police, and Punish the Poor, a powerful investigative look at data-based discrimination―and how technology affects civil and human rights and economic equity.

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.

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. She lives in Troy, NY.

 

Event date: 
Saturday, March 31, 2018 - 11:00am to 1:00pm
Event address: 
Market Block Books
290 River Street
Troy, NY 12180
Automating Inequality: How High-Tech Tools Profile, Police, and Punish the Poor Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9781250074317
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: St. Martin's Press - January 23rd, 2018

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