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

May 30, 2018 · Belfast, United Kingdom

This event is our first collaboration event, a joint meetup with UX Bookclub Belfast (https://www.meetup.com/UXBelfast/).

The book selection is Technically Wrong: Sexist Apps, Biased Algorithms, and Other Threats of Toxic Tech. Featuring in Fast Company's Top 10 Business & Leadership books of 2017, and Wired's Top Tech books of 2017, this is a must-read.

Publishers W. W. Norton & Company have provided us with a fantastic exclusive offer! To order Technically Wrong at a special member discount of 25% + FREE shipping please click here and add the code WN553 when prompted at the checkout. https://goo.gl/mqoKPv

We are delighted to say that author Sara Wachter-Boettcher will be joining the meetup to answers your questions.

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

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 how all these digital products are designed or why. It’s time we changed that. Many of the services we rely on are full of oversights, biases and downright ethical nightmares. Chatbots that harass women. Sign-up forms that fail anyone who’s not straight. Social media sites that send messages about dead relatives. Algorithms that put more black people behind bars.

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Venue information
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We'll be meeting in the Belfast offices of Puppet, with plenty of pizza and refreshments on hand.

Important to know:

**Please note: This event is wheelchair-accessible and child-friendly. Whilst there won't be childcare available, your children are more than welcome to join you for the event (although there may be alcohol available). If you have any other accessibility needs or dietary requirements, please contact us and we will be better and accommodate**

Bookclub will be donating to Sara's nominated charity, and very kindly Sara wanted a local charity to benefit, so WomensTec has been identified as the choice. You can find out more about the charity here: http://www.womenstec.org

Thanks to @uxbelfast (https://twitter.com/uxbelfast), @wwnortonuk (https://twitter.com/wwnortonuk) and @puppetize (https://twitter.com/puppetize)/@puppetbelfast (https://twitter.com/puppetbelfast) for their support. Look forward to seeing you there!

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  • Women In Tech Belfast (Lean In)

    Women in Tech Belfast is a Lean In circle for women whom work in any area of the tech industry. The group is to support each other, learn new skills, and encourage each other to take on new challenges. Together, we are going further and standing up for equality. As a participant in Lean In’s Circle program, Women In Tech Belfast is using Lean In’s name, program logos and other branded materials under a license from LeanIn.Org. Women In Tech Belfast is an independent group, and LeanIn.Org does not control

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