This paper is a part of the IPR Measurement Commission.

Download Paper (PDF): Silicon Valley, We Have a (Dis)Information Problem

Introduction:
Silicon Valley is facing a disinformation problem that is poisoning the infosphere, creating filter bubbles and echo chambers, feeding polarization and entrenchment, and resulting in the misuse of data to shape political debates through military-grade psychological operations, manipulation, and propaganda. There is incivility, disinhibition, and a loss of decorum, driven by online anonymity. First, we were told by the media, by experts, by academics, that the problem was the entry into an era of post truth. Then we were told it was fake news. But all the above are symptoms of disinformation and we need to get to the root causes if we want to cure them.

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Heidy Modarelli handles Growth & Marketing for IPR. She has previously written for Entrepreneur, TechCrunch, The Next Web, and VentureBeat.
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