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

Published on 2017-12-04 by

A revealing look at how tech industry bias and blind spots get baked into digital products—and harm us all.

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.

Presented at Google, in Cambridge, MA, October 2017.

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