Credit and Finance
Everyone deserves economic security.
We confront predatory practices and work to ensure that credit and other financial services are fair, affordable, and nondiscriminatory. In past work, we helped lead a coalition that successfully pressed Internet giants like Google to drop ads for online payday loans, and researched the equity implications of new sources of alternative data. Among our current initiatives, we are advising state attorneys general as they pursue high-tech credit discrimination cases, and helping national civil rights groups in their direct advocacy to financial technology companies.
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We sent a memo on technology’s role in financial services discrimination to agency leaders within the Biden administration.
Aaron testified that some types of nontraditional data can help underserved consumers access credit.
We explore the risks and benefits of new types of credit data for historically disadvantaged groups.
How much of the public concern and reporting about “social media scores” has come untethered from reality.
Selected press and events
“‘We know from research that Lookalike Audiences can reproduce those protected characteristics, including gender and age and ethnicity in the new audience they create,’ said Aaron Rieke, managing director of Upturn.”
After Upturn’s work to ban payday loan ads on Google, BuzzFeed covers their continued presence on Bing, and our conversation with Microsoft.
The Washington Post covers our work to ban payday loan ads from Google.