January 7, 2017: Weapons of Math Destruction: How Big Data Increases Inequality and Threatens Democracy

Congratulations to our book giveaway winner, Jayanth G.N.!

Join us for a Twitter discussion on Cathy O’Neil’s book, Weapons of Math Destruction: How Big Data Increases Inequality and Threatens Democracy at 10am (U.S. Central/5pm European Central) on January 7, 2017. We will use the hashtag: #EFReads.

Tracing the arc of a person’s life, O’Neil exposes the black box models that shape our future, both as individuals and as a society. These “weapons of math destruction” score teachers and students, sort résumés, grant (or deny) loans, evaluate workers, target voters, set parole, and monitor our health.

O’Neil calls on modelers to take more responsibility for their algorithms and on policy makers to regulate their use. But in the end, it’s up to us to become more savvy about the models that govern our lives. This important book empowers us to ask the tough questions, uncover the truth, and demand change.

Purchase the book from Amazon