Technically Wrong

Sexist Apps, Biased Algorithms, and Other Threats of Toxic Tech

Top Tech Books of 2017—Wired
Best Business & Leadership Books of 2017—Fast Company

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Publisher: W.W. Norton
Released: October 10, 2017
ISBN: 978-0393634631

“Recommended for all readers interested in the intersection of technology and social justice.”

—Library Journal

A must-read in the post-Cambridge Analytica world.

—Evening Standard

About the book

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.

“Wachter-Boettcher lays out a convincing and damning argument about the small daily failures and large systemic issues that stem from Silicon Valley’s diversity problem… This engrossing volume is important for readers of all ages.”

—School Library Journal