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Friday, October 25, 2019, 5:30 - 7:00 p.m.
Zephyr Institute

Fake News, The Future of Media, and Keeping Silicon Valley Honest

In this Zephyr Salon, we explored questions about the role of media in society. Our special guest was Ned Desmond, COO of TechCrunch.

Time & Location

Friday, October 25, 2019, 5:30 - 7:00 p.m.
Zephyr Institute
560 College Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94306, USA


In recent years, Silicon Valley technology companies have come under increased scrutiny for the manner in which they handle information: from allegations that they have enabled the proliferation of fake news, to accusations that they censor viewpoints that do not align with the values held by company leadership. Among its several social and political functions, the media ought to play a critical role in holding these companies accountable to the public. But the rise of tech companies as the lead purveyors of information has altered the media business landscape such that the two industries--tech and media--are inextricably linked. This raises a number of questions: Can the media keep Silicon Valley honest? How do the cultures inside media and tech companies affect the viewpoint diversity of the content they produce and disseminate? What, if anything, can investors of media companies do to ensure the objectivity and fairness of reporting? What ethical concerns does the shift to new media and away from traditional journalism raise?

In this Zephyr Salon, we explored these questions with Ned Desmond, COO of TechCrunch, the media organization covering Silicon Valley news.




Chief Operations Officer, TechCrunch and Engadget

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