Automating Inequality

Automating Inequality

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

Virginia Eubanks

they’d rather have an imperfect person making decisions about their families than a flawless computer. “You can teach people how you want to be treated,” said Pamela Simmons, staffing the voter registration table across the street from the Kentucky Fried Chicken in Wilkinsburg. “They come with their own opinions but sometimes you can change their opinion. There’s opportunity to fix it with a person. You can’t fix that number.”

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