Data & Civil Rights: Housing Primer

Data & Civil Rights Conference, October 2014

9 Pages Posted: 24 Dec 2014 Last revised: 23 May 2015

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Alex Rosenblat

Data & Society Research Institute

Kate Wikelius

The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights

Danah Boyd

Data & Society Research Institute; Microsoft Research

Seeta Peña Gangadharan

New America Foundation - Open Technology Institute

Corrine Yu

The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights

Date Written: October 30, 2014

Abstract

Data has always played an important role in housing policies, practices, and financing. Housing advocates worry that new sources of data are being used to extend longstanding discriminatory practices, particularly as it affects those who have access to credit for home ownership as well as the ways in which the rental market is unfolding. Open data practices, while potentially shedding light on housing inequities, are currently more theoretical than actionable. Far too little is known about the ways in which data analytics and other data-related practices may expand or relieve inequities in housing.

Keywords: housing data, big data, discrimination, inequities, data practices

Suggested Citation

Rosenblat, Alex and Wikelius, Kate and Boyd, Danah and Gangadharan, Seeta Peña and Yu, Corrine, Data & Civil Rights: Housing Primer (October 30, 2014). Data & Civil Rights Conference, October 2014. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2541502 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2541502

Alex Rosenblat

Data & Society Research Institute ( email )

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Kate Wikelius

The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights ( email )

Danah Boyd (Contact Author)

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Seeta Peña Gangadharan

New America Foundation - Open Technology Institute ( email )

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United States

Corrine Yu

The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights ( email )

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United States

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