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points | 01.11.18

Beyond the Rhetoric of Algorithmic Solutionism

danah boyd

D&S founder and president sings praise for Virginia Eubank’s new book Automating Inequality: How High-Tech Tools Profile, Police, and Punish the Poor.

“This book should be mandatory for anyone who works in social services, government, or the technology sector because it forces you to really think about what algorithmic decision-making tools are doing to our public sector, and the costs that this has on the people that are supposedly being served. It’s also essential reading for taxpayers and voters who need to understand why technology is not the panacea that it’s often purported to be. Or rather, how capitalizing on the benefits of technology will require serious investment and a deep commitment to improving the quality of social services, rather than a tax cut.”

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