Automating Inequality How High-Tech Tools Profile, Police, and Punish the Poor

Taal: Engels
Automating Inequality
  • Engels
  • Hardcover
  • 9781250074317
  • september 2018
  • 272 pagina's
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In the tradition of The New Jim Crow and $2 a Day, a powerful investigative look at data-based discrimination.

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.

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.

This deeply researched and passionate book could not be more timely.

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Engels
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Hardcover
Verschijningsdatum
september 2018
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272 pagina's
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Virginia Eubanks
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St Martin's Press

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9781250074317

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346 g
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144 mm
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30 mm
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220 mm

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  • Crap
    • geen bewijs
    • geen kennis van data

    Het hele boek is samen te vatten in 'crap in is crap out'. Als je de verkeerde informatie gebruikt kan je nooit een goede uitkomst krijgen. Amerika heeft een lange traditie van racisme, dus de historische data is racistisch. Verder is het aan aanklacht tegen de Amerikaanse overheidsprogramma's om armoede te bestrijden. Terecht, die zijn slecht, maar het heeft niets, maar dan ook niets, met algoritmes of automatisering te maken.

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