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Global Stories from the Automated Welfare State
June 6, 2024 at 6:00 pm PT / 9:00 pm ET
The Firehouse in Cole Valley, 259 Frederick Street, San Francisco, CA

Voice of Witness invites you to a behind-the-scenes look at the at the upcoming oral history collection, Global Stories from the Automated Welfare State. Join project co-editor Virginia Eubanks in conversation with author Dave Eggers to examine how the shift towards an automated welfare state has become a growing human rights crisis, and the importance of sharing stories from those most directly affected.

Digital tools increasingly mediate access to basic human needs such as housing, food, physical safety, medical care, financial capital, employment, and family integrity. Global Stories from the Automated Welfare State uncovers the largely untold human stories behind the worldwide shift to algorithmic public assistance. The first-person narratives in this book illustrate how threats to fair decision-making processes, equitable outcomes, and even material survival are already occurring all over the world, particularly in poor and working-class communities.

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