Listen Up

Virginia Eubanks

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

July 30, 2018


Presented via web conference

I saw Virginia Eubanks give a book talk at Laurel Book Store in Oakland a couple months ago, and I immediately knew I wanted to ask her to be part of Listen Up. She's done deep work around systems and processes that drive certain aspects of our society, with an emphasis on understanding the stories of individual people and families affected, as well as the broader structural implications. I spoke to her after her talk in Oakland, and I'm happy to say that she's very supportive of Ragtag's work, and I'm so glad she'll be joining us.

– Jesse

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Presentation format

Virginia will give a book talk, followed by time for Q&A. Ragtag will host a Slack channel for all ticket holders for discussion before and after the event, as well.

About Virgnia Eubanks

Virginia Eubanks photo 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. "This book is downright scary,” says Naomi Klein, “but with its striking research and moving, indelible portraits of life in the ‘digital poorhouse,’ you will emerge smarter and more empowered to demand justice.”

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 PoorDigital 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 ProspectThe NationHarper’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.


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