The Resource Automating inequality : how high-tech tools profile, police, and punish the poor, Virginia Eubanks

Automating inequality : how high-tech tools profile, police, and punish the poor, Virginia Eubanks

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Automating inequality : how high-tech tools profile, police, and punish the poor
Title
Automating inequality
Title remainder
how high-tech tools profile, police, and punish the poor
Statement of responsibility
Virginia Eubanks
Title variation
How high-tech tools profile, police, and punish the poor
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Author
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Language
eng
Summary
"The State of Indiana denies one million applications for healthcare, foodstamps and cash benefits in three years--because a new computer system interprets any mistake as "failure to cooperate." In Los Angeles, an algorithm calculates the comparative vulnerability of tens of thousands of homeless people in order to prioritize them for an inadequate pool of housing resources. In Pittsburgh, a child welfare agency uses a statistical model to try to predict which children might be future victims of abuse or neglect. 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 lies 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. This deeply researched and passionate book could not be more timely."--Publisher's description
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YDX
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1972-
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Eubanks, Virginia
Dewey number
362.5/60285
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
HC79.P6
LC item number
E89 2019
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • Poor
  • Poverty
  • Public welfare
  • Internet
  • Computers
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Automating inequality : how high-tech tools profile, police, and punish the poor, Virginia Eubanks
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Note
Includes discussion questions
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 231-256) and index
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
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text
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  • txt
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rdacontent
Contents
Introduction: red flags -- From poorhouse to database -- Automating eligibility in the heartland -- High-tech homelessness in the City of Angels -- The Allegheny algorithm -- The digital poorhouse -- Conclusion: dismantling the digital poorhouse -- Afterword to the paperback edition
Dimensions
21 cm
Edition
First Picador edition.
Extent
271 pages
Isbn
9781250215789
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unmediated
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rdamedia
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  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
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  • (OCoLC)1050280177
  • 989120
  • (OCoLC)on1050280177
  • 989120
Label
Automating inequality : how high-tech tools profile, police, and punish the poor, Virginia Eubanks
Publication
Copyright
Note
Includes discussion questions
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 231-256) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction: red flags -- From poorhouse to database -- Automating eligibility in the heartland -- High-tech homelessness in the City of Angels -- The Allegheny algorithm -- The digital poorhouse -- Conclusion: dismantling the digital poorhouse -- Afterword to the paperback edition
Dimensions
21 cm
Edition
First Picador edition.
Extent
271 pages
Isbn
9781250215789
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (OCoLC)1050280177
  • 989120
  • (OCoLC)on1050280177
  • 989120

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