Eli Pariser
CEO, Upworthy
Biography
Eli Pariser has dedicated his career to figuring out how technology can elevate important topics in the world. He served as the executive director of MoveOn.org from 2004–2009. MoveOn revolutionized grassroots political organizing by introducing a small-donor-funded and e-mail-driven model that has since been widely used across the political spectrum.

In 2012, Pariser cofounded Upworthy with longtime collaborator Peter Koechley. To date, the Upworthy community has logged more than 1.5 billion minutes of attention on topics ranging from the criminal justice system, to advertising's adverse effects on body image, to clean energy.

Pariser is the author of the New York Times best-seller The Filter Bubble: What the Internet Is Hiding from You, which highlights the ways that important content can get lost in the newsfeed era.
Eli Pariser
CEO, Upworthy
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Eli Pariser — Media & The Crisis of Trust
Eli Pariser — Media & The Crisis of Trust

After the election of Donald Trump, an international conversation began around the role of the media, and broader themes of authority, and truth. Fake-news stories—such as the Pope endorsing Donald Trump—influenced public opinion and led many to wonder how we could be so easily misled. Eli Pariser, cofounder of Upworthy and author of the 2011 New York Times best-seller “The Filter Bubble,” aptly predicted that online personalization would shape what we learn, what we know, and how our democracy works. Six years later, Pariser examines how our primal and instinctual modes of trust and identity function in a world where the very definition of truth is at stake. In order to move past this crisis of trust, Pariser suggests that the media needs to move towards a more emotional, human way of storytelling while the people need to take a more fact-based mode of media consumption that questions sources and the process by which they arrived in our feeds.