Legalized Discrimination

When was the last time you bought something online? Did you think about the price you paid, and wonder if you could have gotten a better deal? I’ve always thought about that, but usually I come to the conclusion that I just needed to do more comparison shopping if I really wanted a better price.

In the physical world, it’s quite rate for a single product at a single store to have two different prices at the exact same time. Yet, on the Internet this occurs a lot more frequently than you think, where one person may be charged a higher price than another depending on their characteristics.

Check out the article below to learn a bit more about this practice:

When Algorithms Decide What You Pay (propublica.org) #

Legalized discrimination has been a recurring topic in our current political climate, and it’s quite sickening to see it being dramatically expanded by the government. However, we must also recognize the hidden discrimination which companies are carrying out online, and work to call them out when they are doing so.

 
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