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Episode #47 - Eubanks on Automating Inequality

 In this episode I talk to Virginia Eubanks. Virginia is an Associate Professor of Political Science at the University at Albany, SUNY. She is the author of several books, including Automating Inequality: How High-Tech Tools Profile, Police, and Punish the Poor and Digital Dead End: Fighting for Social Justice in the Information Age. Her writing about technology and social justice has appeared in The American Prospect, The Nation, Harper’s and Wired. She has worked for two decades in community technology and economic justice movements. We talk about the history of poverty management in the US and how it is now being infiltrated and affected by tools for algorithmic governance. You can download the episode here or listen below. You can also subscribe to the show on iTunes or Stitcher (the RSS feed is here). Show Notes0:00 - Introduction1:39 - The future is unevenly distributed but not in the way you might think7:05 - Virginia's personal encounter with the tools for automating inequality12:33 - Automated helplessness?14:11 - The history of poverty management: denial and moralisation22:40 - Technology doesn't disrupt our ideology of poverty; it amplifies it24:16 - The problem of poverty myths: it's not just something that happens to other people28:23 - The Indiana Case Study: Automating the system for claiming benefits33:15 - The problem of automated defaults in the Indiana Case37:32 - What happened in the end?41:38 - The L.A. Case Study: A "match.com" for the homeless45:40 - The Allegheny County Case Study: Managing At-Risk Children52:46 - Doing the right things... -

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If you’ve been following my travels, you’ll get some sense that this has been a busy year. I’ve done lots of writing on my book, and I’ve managed to give lots of talks, both in the US and in Argentina, as well as at home. I haven’t posted here for nearly a year–writing elsewhere has been a higher priority. ¶ However, this weekend, I’ve made a few changes to the website which means that I might post here a little more often. The site is produced by Hugo, a really sweet static site generator. Until yesterday, if I wanted to update my site, what I did was Write files on whatever device I was using–most probably my Mac, but maybe my iPad–and push them... -

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With help from Hugo, GitHub, Netlify, Working Copy and Shortcuts, I might update this website more frequently If you’ve been following my travels, you’ll get some sense that this has been a busy year. I’ve done lots of writing on my book, and I’ve managed to give lots of talks, both in the US and in Argentina, as well as at home. I haven’t posted here for nearly a year–writing elsewhere has been a higher priority. However, this weekend, I’ve made a few changes to the website which means that I might... Consequently.org -


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MEMORIES I just watched the third in my series of video lectures on Ideological Critique as a refresher for a forthcoming lecture on Mannheim in my Columbia course.  I watched my discourse on Mannheim’s ideological analysis of time consciousness, and then my attempt at an extension of it to the case of  space consciousness.  I wrap that up with an ideological analysis of the revolutionary orientation toward space, which concludes with my story about a Columbia... The Philosopher’s Stone -


Episode #47 - Eubanks on Automating Inequality  In this episode I talk to Virginia Eubanks. Virginia is an Associate Professor of Political Science at the University at Albany, SUNY. She is the author of several books, including Automating Inequality: How High-Tech Tools Profile, Police, and Punish the Poor and Digital Dead End: Fighting for Social Justice in the Information Age. Her writing about technology and social justice has appeared in The American Prospect, The Nation, Harper’s and Wired. She has worked for... Philosophical Disquisitions -


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Learning and Teaching (the eleventh of twelve things I love about philosophical logic) Working in philosophical logic, I love the opportunity to learn from so many people through history, and not only to learn, but to pass on a tradition, and to have the opportunity to extend the tradition, and to refine it a little, in passing it on. It’s been a delight to learn from some great figures, the historical figures through their writing, and my contemporaries in person, both as face-to-face teachers (while a student, I... Consequently.org -


Twelve things I love about philosophical logic Over this last weekend, I spent some time tidying out one of the electronic “junk drawers” of my writing life, a folder full of thousands upon thousands of little scraps of text, ranging from minutes of meetings, recipes I’ve saved, little ideas I came across which I wanted to save, lists of places to visit when travelling, and many other kinds of digital flotsam and jetsam I’ve collected over around 20 years of being online,... Consequently.org -


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