As the chief executive of Upworthy and board president of, Eli Pariser leverages technology to help build better and more democratic societies.

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Soon after September 11, 2001, Eli Pariser built a website calling for a peaceful approach to fighting terrorism. He quickly found himself in contact with more than 500,000 people -- and an unexpected leader within the burgeoning online peace movement. He soon joined with to spearhead an anti-war campaign, and in 2004 he became MoveOn's executive director.

In 2009, suspecting that the internet might harbor hidden threats to democracy, Pariser wrote The Filter Bubble, exposing how algorithms amplify select ideas while making others invisible. In 2012, he cofounded Upworthy as a platform to direct millions of users to high-quality discourse around progressive issues. In 2017, he joined New America (where he is currently an Omidyar Fellow) to help create democracy-friendly spaces in the digital landscape.

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Not All Is Broken: Notes from Session 6 of TEDSummit 2019

July 25, 2019

In the final session of TEDSummit 2019, the themes from the week — our search for belonging and community, our digital future, our inextricable connection to the environment — ring out with clarity and insight. From the mysterious ways our emotions impact our biological hearts, to a tour-de-force talk on the languages we all speak, […]

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A first glimpse at the TEDSummit 2019 speaker lineup

May 21, 2019

With TEDSummit 2019 just two months away, it’s time to unveil the first group of speakers that will take to the stage in Edinburgh, Scotland, from July 21-25. Three years ago, more than 1,000 members of the TED global community convened in Banff, Canada, for the first-ever TEDSummit. We talked about the fracturing state of […]

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