Against the Grain

Punishing the Poor

Most of us have a growing sense that something’s deeply wrong with the way that digital data is used to track and monitor us.  But most of us don’t realize that the poorest among us are particularly vulnerable. Virginia Eubanks argues that such data is used to criminalize and turn the poor away from public resources to which they are entitled.


Virginia Eubanks, Automating Inequality: How High-Tech Tools Profile, Police, and Punish the Poor St. Martin’s Press, 2018

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