Carole Cadwalladr+ Your Authors @carolecadwalla Late adopter. Late giver-upper. Guardian & Observer writer. Aug. 14, 2020 1 min read + Your Authors

To this year’s A-level students. You have been robbed of your future by an algorithm. The tech dystopia many of us have been warning about is here. You’re it. Your data was used to profile you without your consent. This is not ok. Be furious. Fight back

What you don’t yet realise is how profound the inequality is between your opportunities & those who are privately educated. They already have a massive step-up. It lasts a lifetime. For an *algorithm* to have worsened this inequality is a sick joke.

And this is a new low for Boris Johnson. A man who has cruised through life on the back of one of the most expensive & exclusive educations on earth. Who sent his *own children* to private schools. How does he have the gall to defend this?

Boris Johnson’s govt literally came to power on the back off mass data abuse. This is the story I’ve been trying to tell for last 4 years. And these techno-solutionist algorithms & AIs are being installed in heart of govt. This is just the beginning.

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