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Eli Pariser: How Can We Reshape Our Digital Platforms To Be More Welcoming Spaces?

Part 2 of TED Radio Hour episode The Public Commons

Eli Pariser has an optimistic vision for our digital public spaces. He says that by structuring them like real-life parks, libraries, and town halls, we can create more welcoming, safe places online.

About Eli Pariser

Eli Pariseris the co-director of New_Public at the National Conference on Citizenship, where he is working to create democracy-friendly spaces in the digital landscape.

He previously was the Executive Director of where he led the organization's opposition to the Iraq war. Pariser is also the founder of Upworthyand the author of The Filter Bubble: How The New Personalized Web Is Changing What We Read And How We Think.

He has a BA from Bard College at Simon's Rock and an honorary doctorate from Dominican University.

This segment of TED Radio Hour was produced by Rachel Faulkner and edited by Sanaz Meshkinpour. You can follow us on Facebook @TEDRadioHour and email us at

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Manoush Zomorodi is the host of TED Radio Hour. She is a journalist, podcaster and media entrepreneur, and her work reflects her passion for investigating how technology and business are transforming humanity.
Rachel Faulkner is a producer and editor for TED Radio Hour.