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

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May's bookclub will be our first special event, a joint meetup with Women in Tech Belfast (

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.

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

About the book
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.

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

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:

Thanks to @womenintech_bfs (, @wwnortonuk (, @puppetize ( ( and Slice Pizza App ( for their support. Look forward to seeing you there!