Recommended read: Automating Inequality

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This week we're recommending Automating Inequality: How High-Tech Tools Profile, Police, and Punish the Poor by Virginia Eubanks.

From the publisher: “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.

"The U.S. has always used its most cutting-edge science and technology to contain, investigate, discipline and punish the destitute. Like the county poorhouse and scientific charity before them, digital tracking and automated decision-making hide poverty from the middle class public and give the nation the ethical distance it needs to make inhumane choices: which families get food and which starve, who has housing and who remains homeless, and which families are broken up by the state. In the process, they weaken democracy and betray our most cherished national values.”

Visit the library and borrow this book today! HC79 P6 E89 2018

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