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Conversation with Virgina Eubanks

28 October 2021 18:00 - 19:30

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.

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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 with translation) we will learn about some of the implications of technosolutionism in terms of human rights.


  • Virginia Eubanks
  • Oyidiya Oji Palino (Catàrsia)
  • Algorights, a collective that defends human rights in the field of Artificial Intelligence

Moderated by Jordi Vaquer, Director for Global Foresight and Analysis at the Open Society Foundations.

Event co-organised by Espai Societat Oberta, Algorights and Canòdrom. With the collaboration of Capitán Swing.

See you on 28 October at 6pm on the terrace of the Canòdrom (C/ Concepció Arenal, 165, 08027 Barcelona). Conversation in English with translation.

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28 October 2021
18:00 - 19:30
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Concepción Arenal, 165,
Barcelona, 08027 Espanya
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