Silicon Valley is under scrutiny. Between sexual harassment scandals and the weaponization of social media – Russian Facebook ads targeting the election, hate speech incubated online, coming offline – the tech industry is reaching a breaking point. And the pressure is exposing the fault lines.
In this five-part digital series Divided We Code, Laurie Segall CNN senior technology correspondent and host of CNN’s Mostly Human, looks at politics, power, and harassment in one of the most influential communities on earth. The irony? A place once known for radical inclusion is dividing the world. Episodes examine:
Undercover Conservatives: The new counterculture, conservatives in Silicon Valley?
In an industry known for its liberal tendencies, conservative tech workers say they’re victims of a witch hunt. Laurie Segall speaks with the undercover conservatives of Silicon Valley — who say they need to remain hidden for fear of losing their jobs.
Free Speech: Meet the CEOs who decide what you see online
As they’ve grown in power, tech companies are now grappling with more nuanced questions about what to allow on their platforms. We sit down with a few who grapple with where to draw the line between the free flow of ideas and hate speech.
Alt-Tech: Where to go when thrown off YouTube?
As power is concentrated in the hands of a few major tech companies, new platforms are popping up to challenge their dominance — and creating communities that cater to people with fringe views.
Red Pill: A search for dating advice turns into radicalization
It’s a term made famous by ‘The Matrix,’ but a decade after the movie’s release, ‘Red Pill’ has been co-opted by internet communities who think everything they’ve been told about society – gender, race, politics – is a lie. Laurie Segall takes you down the rabbit hole.
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