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Friday, March 23, 2018 3:00PM
Mass Humanities, Harvard Book Store, Harvard Kennedy School's digitalHKS, and the MIT Center for Civic Media welcome VIRGINIA EUBANKS, Associate Professor of Political Science at the University at Albany SUNY, for a discussion of her latest book, "Automating Inequality: How High-Tech Tools Profile, Police, and Punish the Poor." Since the dawn of the digital age, decision-making in finance, employment, politics, health, and human services has undergone a revolutionary change. Today, automated systems--rather than humans--control which neighborhoods get policed, which families attain needed resources, and who is investigated for fraud. In the book, Eubanks systematically investigates the impacts of data mining, policy algorithms, and predictive risk models on poor and working-class people in America.