Eli Pariser
Omidyar Fellow, New America Foundation
Biography
As CEO of Upworthy, Eli Pariser is dedicated to figuring out how technology can elevate important topics in the world. He is the author of the New York Times best seller The Filter Bubble: What the Internet Is Hiding from You.

Eli Pariser has dedicated his career to figuring out how technology can elevate important topics in the world—as an author, an online organizer, and cofounder of Upworthy. Pariser served at the Executive Director of MoveOn.org from 2004–2009, growing membership to more than 5 million members and raising over $120 million. He also cofounded Avaaz.org, which is now the largest online advocacy organization in the world. In 2011, Pariser published the best-selling book The Filter Bubble: What the Internet Is Hiding from You. He founded Upworthy with longtime collaborator Peter Koechley in March of 2012. He is currently an Omidyar Fellow at the New America Foundation, looking at how platforms can improve civic life.
Eli Pariser
Omidyar Fellow, New America Foundation
SPEAKER FILM
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.