Technically Wrong: Sexist Apps, Biased Algorithms, and Other Threats of Toxic Tech

Technically Wrong: Sexist Apps, Biased Algorithms, and Other Threats of Toxic Tech Review

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
Edition Language:English

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  • John Norman

    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 necessa...

  • Mira Mulgund

    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 mas...

  • Kathy Reid

    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 u...

  • linhtalinhtinh

    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...

  • Philipp

    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 Democrac...

  • Rachel

    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, ...

  • Amy

    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 ...

  • Jill

    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 o...

  • Rachel Moyes

    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...

  • Elizabeth Grace

    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...