Every year, reports Price Economics, thousands of people are accidentally declared dead by the government due to keystroke errors. While amusing at first, during the months it takes to correct the error, those affected find themselves struggling to prove who they are in a bureaucratic data-driven world.
Rivers’ plight as a falsely-categorized deceased person is not singular: it is estimated that every year, some 12,200 very much alive U.S. citizens are declared dead by the Social Security Administration due to “keystroke errors.” Those affected quite literally become a walking dead, unable to secure a job, make financial transactions, file taxes, or visit the doctor -- and for months on end, must endure the nightmare of convincing a large bureaucracy that they haven’t yet bit the dust.
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