Title

Blind Justice: Algorithms and Neutrality in the Case of Redistricting

Document Type

Article

Publication

ACM Digital Library, Association for Computing Machinery

Year

2022

DOI

https://dl.acm.org/doi/10.1145/3511265.3550440

Abstract

In several areas of law and public policy, there have been longstanding dreams that computers can secure decision making that takes only some things into account, while remaining demonstrably neutral to other factors. In 2022, the U.S. Supreme Court will consider mandating race-neutrality in multiple domains, notably in college admissions and redistricting. In this piece, we clarify the real and imagined uses of computers in redistricting, considering their application for optimization approaches and, more recently, for representative sampling. The current pitch to the Court for a race-blind Voting Rights Act is discussed at length.

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