AUTOMATING INEQUALITY. CONVERSATION WITH VIRGINIA EUBANKS
WHAT Conversation with Virginia Eubanks about automating inequality (in English, without translation)
- Virginia Eubanks, associate professor in Political Sciences at University of Albany SUNY and author of the book “Automating Inequality”.
- Oyidiya Oji Palino, from the youth collective of Asian descent Catàrsia.
Moderated by Jordi Vaquer, Director for Global Foresight and Analysis at the Open Society Foundations.
WHEN – 28 October 2021 from 6pm to 7:30 pm
WHERE Canòdrom’s terrace (Concepció Arenal Street, 165, 08027 Barcelona).
HOW registration through this LINK
Algorithms and automation are gaining ground and, in the name of innovation and efficiency, automatic data processing is used to make all kinds of decisions. Including those that require special attention, due to their potential impact on fundamental rights. Even so, public administrations, in alliance with private companies and universities, embrace automation in a bid for the most optimistic technosolutionism.
In her book ‘Automating Inequality’, Virginia Eubanks shows us the result of this trend in countries such as the United States, where the most invasive and punitive technological systems are aimed at the poor. How can we entrust machines with the solution to structural problems? How can machines, which only do mathematical calculations, understand the contexts and situations of the most marginalised groups? Is it ethical to automate without questioning the perpetuation of the system?
In this conversation (in English) we will learn about some of the implications of technosolutionism in terms of human rights.