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Seg.1: Pundits Discuss Race For Kansas City Mayor. Seg. 2: Surveillance Tech & Inequality.

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Technological tools scoop up and store data from millions of recipients of public aid with little regard for privacy, accuracy, or security, says Virginia Eubanks in her book 'Automating Inequality.'

Segment 1: The latest in state and Kansas City politics.

Jason Kander announced on Monday his candidacy for mayor of Kansas City, making him the ninth person to enter what's sure to be a closely-watched race. Today, our panel of pundits shared their take on the coming mayoral elections, the Kansas primaries, and the Missouri Senate race that is garnering national attention.

Segment 2, beginning at 21:59: How algorithmic technology is automating inequality.

The distribution of many social welfare programs depends on digital tools and complicated algorithms. Hypothetically, those computers analyze data about the poor in an unbiased way, but that's not always the case. In our second segment we find out how new technology is hurting those it's supposed to help, and perpetuating inequality in the process.

Virginia Eubanks speaks at the 2018 Exellence in Non-Profits Awards at 4 p.m. on Thursday, June 28, at Rockhurst University's Arrupe Hall Auditorium, 5351 Forest Ave., Kansas City, MO 64110. For more information go to, SupportKC.org.

When I host Up To Date each morning at 9 a.m., my aim is to engage the community in conversations about the Kansas City area’s challenges, hopes and opportunities. I try to ask the questions that listeners want answered about the day’s most pressing issues and provide a place for residents to engage directly with newsmakers. My email is steve@kcur.org.