“A manual for the twenty-first-century citizen . . . relevant and urgent.”—Financial Times
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We live in the age of the algorithm. Increasingly, the decisions that affect our lives—where we go to school, whether we can get a job or a loan, how much we pay for health insurance—are being made not by humans, but by machines. In theory, this should lead to greater fairness: Everyone is judged according to the same rules.
But as mathematician and data scientist Cathy O’Neil reveals, the mathematical models being used today are unregulated and uncontestable, even when they’re wrong. Most troubling, they reinforce discrimination—propping up the lucky, punishing the downtrodden, and undermining our democracy in the process. Welcome to the dark side of Big Data.
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Table of Contents
Chapter 1 Bomb Parts: What Is a Model? 15
Chapter 2 Shell Shocked: My Journey of Disillusionment 32
Chapter 3 Arms Race: Going to College 50
Chapter 4 Propaganda Machine: Online Advertising 68
Chapter 5 Civilian Casualties: Justice in the Age of Big Data 84
Chapter 6 Ineligible to Serve: Getting a Job 105
Chapter 7 Sweating Bullets: On the Job 123
Chapter 8 Collateral Damage: Landing Credit 141
Chapter 9 No Safe Zone: Getting Insurance 161
Chapter 10 The Targeted Citizen: Civic Life 179