A symposium with Associate Professor Virginia Eubanks, author of Automating Inequality

Data has always informed decision making, by ourselves, by states and by corporations. With the increasing digitisation of data the nature and shape of data is significantly transformed. From rich, messy and unstructured knowledge, digital data is typically crisp, clear-cut and highly structured. Moreover, the digitisation of data collection in sensors and platforms generates a flow of ‘big data’ that begets new computational analysis approaches to help inform decision-making.
This symposium focuses on how decisions are made with digital data, the shifts in the nature of both human and machine decision making that result, and the consequences of such decision-making. The symposium draws on recent research and emerging projects involving a range of disciplines and empirical spheres.
The symposium is structured around a series of interactive panel discussions relating to different aspects of digital data and decision-making.

Key participants:

Virginia Eubanks is an Associate Professor of Political Science at the University at Albany, SUNY. She is the author of Automating Inequality: How High-Tech Tools Profile, Police, and Punish the Poor, winner of the McGannon Center Book Prize for 2018. For two decades, Virginia has worked in community technology and economic justice movements.

Ed Santow has been Human Rights Commissioner at the Australian Human Rights Commission since August 2016. He Commission’s work on detention and implementing the Optional Protocol to the Convention Against Torture (OPCAT); refugees and migration; human rights issues affecting LGBTI people; counter-terrorism and national security; technology and human rights; freedom of expression; and freedom of religion.



Free, including welcome coffee, morning and afternoon teas and lunch.
Due to venue size there is a strict limit on attendees. RSVP's are essential!


Global Change Institute (20)
Level 2
Staff House Road
Group Learning Space