The scandal which developed around the use of an algorithm biassed to discriminate against poor students in the UK this year, is an interesting if depressing example of life imitating art. Well, technology rather than life, though presumably it is human beings which make the algorithm what it is. The idea was to avoid lotteries for university entrance, and I suppose the establishment wished to avoid that because lotteries would give poor students from the wrong parts of the UK an equal chance to be lucky. What rich parent would want little Johnny facing that?
The Guardian today:
Student who wrote story about biased algorithm has results downgraded
Jessica Johnson, who won Orwell youth prize for dystopian tale, hopes U-turn will restore university place
Her story is here: