“The New Jim Code” – Ruha Benjamin on racial discrimination by algorithm

The Princeton sociologist and author of Race After Technology on how new technologies encode old forms of segregation – and how we might build something better. 

When the author Ruha Benjamin was selecting a name for her newborn son, shortly after the 9/11 attacks, she had a choice: an Arabic name, in honour of her maternal bloodline, or something safer and less provocative? Her son was a black male and, for this, would be profiled as a black youth and adult. Did she want to add another mark to his file? Benjamin, a resolute professor of African American Studies at Princeton University, accepted it as a dare. “I gave the child an Arabic first...
source: New Statesman

2019-10-09 14:35
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