Data Science Invited Talk Series
Speaker: Virginia Eubanks, Associate Professor of Political Science – University of Albany, SUNY
Where: Luddy Hall Auditorium, Room 1106
When: Friday - February 2, 2018 10:30 AM
Webinar Link: https://iu.zoom.us/j/607325285
**Q&A to directly follow the talk**
Topic: Automating Inequality: How High-Tech Tools Profile, Police, and Punish the Poor
Abstract: Today, automated systems 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 analytics, the most invasive and punitive systems are aimed at the poor. In her new book 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 gut-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 ... you will emerge smarter and more empowered to demand justice.” Join us to discuss this deeply researched, passionately written, incredibly timely book.
Bio: 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 Poor; 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. Her writing about technology and social justice has appeared in The American Prospect, The Nation, Harper’s and Wired. 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.