Big Data is Watching You: If Predictive Analytics Still Doesn’t Creep You Out, Watch This Ad
The debate over predictive analytics in child welfare will continue right after this important message: So, what do we have here? A bunch of data analysts, presumably working for a firm that sells sporting goods, are spying on a woman’s recreational habits.
New Zealand Analysis Should (But Probably Won’t) Burst the Predictive Analytics Bubble
“New Zealand Crunches Big Data to Prevent Child Abuse,” declared a Chronicle of Social Change headline on a 2015 story about The Chronicle’s favorite child welfare fad, predictive analytics, or as it should properly be called, data-nuking poor families.
Data-Nuking Poor Families Is Not the Answer to Child Abuse
Much as the National Rifle Association argues that “Guns don’t kill people, people do,” Joshua New defends the use of predictive analytics in child welfare by telling us, in effect, that computers don’t remove children, caseworkers do.