Virginia Eubanks: Automating Inequality. How high-tech Tools Profile Police and Punish the Poor

Speaker: Virginia Eubanks # University at Albany, SUNY

23rd May 2019

16:30 - 18:00

Informatics Forum

Guest lecture by Virginia Eubanks, co-organised between STIS and the Edinburgh Futures Institute

Please register here: Eventbrite 

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 the United States. 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. "This book is downright scary,” says Naomi Klein, “but with its striking research and moving, indelible portraits of life in the ‘digital poorhouse,’ you will emerge smarter and more empowered to demand justice.”

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, The Nation, Harper’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 Fellow at New America.

Join us for a rousing conversation about this timely and provocative book.

The evening will commence with a drinks reception.

Event sponsored by Edinburgh Futures Institute and Science, Technology and Innovation Studies.