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

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

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 an...

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

  • Mira
    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 co...
  • 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 of these traps. The book was not what I was thinking it was but boy were my eyes opened. I have worke...
  • 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 us to expose parts of ourselves, Sara Wachter-Boettcher weaves a challenging narrative with ease. Wit...
  • Katie Kovalcin
    This book is a must read for anyone who uses technology in their daily lives. Sara's writing is so approachable and demystifies tech with examples of how biases in applications affect all of us. It was refreshing to read such an honest critique of the tech-focused world we live in. I couldn't put it...
  • Katie
    Must read for anyone who creates tech products - any product, really. Wachter-Boettcher tells story after story of how tech is only as inclusive, useful, and fair as the ideas behind it. "Because, no matter how much tech companies talk about algorithms like they’re nothing but advanced math, th...
  • Emily Finke
    This book doesn't really cover anything new, if you've been following conversations about bias in technology in recent years. However, that really isn't a mark against it, since it's trying to be an introduction to the topic rather than an expansive deep dive. It's a really great primer on the topic...
  • 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, as someone who regularly reads about this topic and pays attention to tech news, I encountered ve...

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