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Provost's Discovery Themes Lecturer Program

Eli Pariser

The Filter Bubble Revisited:

Forging Truth in a Fractured Era

Tuesday, October 15, 2019
6 - 7 p.m.
Ohio Union, Archie Griffin Grand Ballroom

Omidyar Fellow, New America
Author, The Filter Bubble

Seven years ago, Eli Pariser published The Filter Bubble and introduced a new phrase into the lexicon. Today, we're all living in a filter bubble world – and it's becoming clear that some of Pariser's more dire predictions about the algorithmic fragmenting of truth have come to pass. In this talk, Pariser will re-introduce his original thesis, discuss what's changed since he first wrote the book, and most importantly describe the growing toolset of ideas and interventions that are working to bring people back into contact with each other and with reality.

Eli Pariser is an author, activist, and entrepreneur focused on how to make technology and media serve democracy. In 2004, at 23, he became Executive Director of, where he helped pioneer the practice of online citizen engagement. In 2006, he co-founded Avaaz, now the world's largest citizen's organization. His bestselling 2011 book The Filter Bubble introduced the term to the lexicon. And Upworthy, the media startup he co-founded in 2012, reached hundreds of millions of visitors with civically important content. He is currently Omidyar Fellow at New America.

About this Event

Registration is required. As part of Ohio State's sesquicentennial, this Discovery Themes lecture is presented in conjunction with the university's Think Beyond Summit: Reimagining Teaching and Learning. To attend Eli Pariser's lecture only, use the "Register to Attend" button above.

If you wish to attend the entire Think Beyond Summit in addition to this lecture, click here to learn more. Summit attendees are pre-registered for the lecture and do not need to register separately.

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