Automation Otherwise

Automation Otherwise, a review of Automating Inequality: How High-Tech Tools Profile, Police, and Punish the Poor by Virginia Eubanks, was published online by EPIC in February 2019.

Against this background, Automating Inequality is an urgently needed account of the ethical risks of automated, data-driven decision making. This book focuses on its impact on the most vulnerable people in our societies, but these cases should also be understood as bellwethers for how automation is becoming integrated into the lives of everyone in the United States.

Automating Inequality raises serious questions about what is to become of human agency in a digitally automated world. It provides timely case studies for tech workers, policy makers, and anyone seeking to understand the social impacts of computing technologies and reevaluate the ethical frameworks that structure digital innovation and, ultimately, the changing landscape in which all of us access resources, care for each other, and build our lives.