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
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Automating inequality
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how high-tech tools profile, police and punish the poor
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Virginia Eubanks
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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 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." --
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Examines the revolutionary changes that have taken place in finance, employment, politics and health and human services since the start of the digital age and discusses how algorithms and statistical models affects civil and human rights and economic equality
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10618761
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DLC
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1972-
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Eubanks, Virginia
Dewey number
362.5/60285
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index present
Literary form
non fiction
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bibliography
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True
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  • Poor
  • Poverty
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adult
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how high-tech tools profile, police, and punish the poor
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Automating inequality : how high-tech tools profile, police and punish the poor, Virginia Eubanks
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references 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 welfare in the heartland -- High-tech homelessness in the city of angels -- The Allegheny algorithm -- The digital poorhouse -- Conclusion: dismantling the digital poorhouse -- Acknowledgments -- Sources and methods -- Endnotes -- Index
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on1013516195
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First Edition.
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1 volume.
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9781250074317
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2017036194
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unmediated
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rdamedia
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n
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(OCoLC)1013516195
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Automating inequality : how high-tech tools profile, police and punish the poor, Virginia Eubanks
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references 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 welfare in the heartland -- High-tech homelessness in the city of angels -- The Allegheny algorithm -- The digital poorhouse -- Conclusion: dismantling the digital poorhouse -- Acknowledgments -- Sources and methods -- Endnotes -- Index
Control code
on1013516195
Edition
First Edition.
Extent
1 volume.
Isbn
9781250074317
Lccn
2017036194
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)1013516195

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