Technically Wrong: Sexist Apps, Biased Algorithms, and Other Threats of Toxic Tech by Sara Wachter-Boettcher

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Technically Wrong: Sexist Apps, Biased Algorithms, and Other Threats of Toxic Tech Read Online Free - Buying groceries, tracking our health, finding a date: whatever we want to do, odds are that we can now do it online. But few of us ask why all these digital products are designed the way they are. It’s time we change that. Many of the services we rely on are full of oversights, biases, and downright ethical nightmares: Chatbots that harass women. Signup forms that fail anyone who’s not straight. Social media sites that send peppy messages about dead relatives. Algorithms that put more black people behind bars.

Sara Wachter-Boettcher takes an unflinching look at the values, processes, and assumptions that lead to these and other problems. Technically Wrong demystifies the tech industry, leaving those of us on the other side of the screen better prepared to make informed choices about the services we use—and demand more from the companies behind them.

Title : Technically Wrong: Sexist Apps, Biased Algorithms, and Other Threats of Toxic Tech
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ISBN : 0393634639
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 240 pages


Mira rated it ★★★☆☆

August 16, 2017

I'm so grateful to have received a free ARC of Technically Wrong! The 3-star rating was hard to decide and isn't reflective of my full range of feelings. That's why the review that follows will be massively long. First off, the minor typos and technical errors, likely due to it being a prerelease...

John rated it ★★★★☆

January 07, 2018

Well . . . This is another one of those funny books that is sort of a “5” and sort of a “3.” The book broadly claims that the tech industry builds interfaces and products that are (not necessarily intentionally) biased. The book says that the main driver is the homogeneity of tech company investo...

linhtalinhtinh rated it ★★★☆☆

January 09, 2018

A good and short read. Plenty of examples, but mostly the famous ones on the internet - the author's alignment with the truly marginalized is limited, mostly with female/gays/transgender/nonwhites but still the educated, unlike O'Neil in Weapons of Math Destruction: How Big Data Increases Inequal...

Philipp rated it ★★★★☆

December 21, 2017

Recommended reading on the current (very current) state of the tech industry. Overlaps a little bit with and cites Weapons of Math Destruction: How Big Data Increases Inequality and Threatens Democracy, but focuses more on programmer an designer choices, assumptions and hidden biases instead of a...

Rachel rated it ★★★☆☆

November 07, 2017

I want to qualify my rating of this book: If you haven’t previously thought about sexism, racism, or other forms of discrimination in the tech industry, this is a five-star recommendation. However, as someone who regularly reads about this topic and pays attention to tech news, I encountered very...

Amy rated it ★★★★★

November 30, 2017

This was a very thoughtful exploration of how bias is built into the tech products we use every day, and how that bias subsequently shapes and reinforces behaviors offline. Wachter-Boettcher explores not just how technology is built, but also how the organizations that build it perpetuate particu...

Jill rated it ★★★★★

October 13, 2017

I won this book in a giveaway. I work in the tech sector and was interested in this book because I am leading a digital transformation effort at my job and wanted to make sure i didn't fall into any of these traps. The book was not what I was thinking it was but boy were my eyes opened. I have wo...

Kathy rated it ★★★★★

October 31, 2017

A must read for anyone who designs digital experiences, and doesn't want to be an inadvertent dude-bro. Against a backdrop of increasingly ubiquitous technology, with every online interaction forcing us to expose parts of ourselves, Sara Wachter-Boettcher weaves a challenging narrative with ease....

Rachel rated it ★★★★☆

January 07, 2018

Some parts of it dragged, but overall, it was terrifying. I thought it made especially interesting points about the necessity of training algorithms with unbiased training data so as not to perpetuate past injustices, the myth of the "tech industry" monoculture, and the way free speech on the int...

Elizabeth rated it ★★★★☆

February 27, 2018

Wachter-Boettcher's book is a relatively thorough introduction to the many sins of the majority white, majority male silicon valley. Some of her anecdotes were so cringe-worthy, I felt a little guilty for reading them, like I was driving too slowly past a car accident, gawking. The chapter on Nor...

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