EXCLUSIVE LIVE STREAM: FORA.tv to Broadcast Free Intelligence Squared U.S. Debate Online Tuesday, April 17: "When It Comes To Politics, The Internet Is Closing Our Minds"

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Intelligence Squared U.S. will partner with FORA.tv to present a free live stream of a lively debate that examine whether the rise of the personalized Internet is inhibiting civil discourse. Arguing in favor of the motion are Eli Pariser and Siva Vaidhyanathan, against Evgeny Morozov and Jacob Weisberg. John Donvan of ABC News’ Nightline will moderate the debate.

FORA.tv, the leading online destination for video programs from the world’s best conferences and events, will broadcast the latest Intelligence Squared U.S. (IQ2US) debate, "When It Comes To Politics, The Internet Is Closing Our Minds.” It’s been argued that the rise of “personalization,” the use of algorithms to filter what you see online, and easy access to the like-minded, have served to reinforce our pre-conceptions. Is the information bubble a myth, or is it undermining civic discourse? Is the rise of social media really broadening our world views, or narrowing them?

The debate will be streamed live next Tuesday, April 17th at 6:45 pm EST at http://fora.tv/live/intelligencesquared_us/internet. Following the live event, FORA.tv will offer the debate as a free on-demand program, and the full video and highlights will be available to share and embed.

In support of the motion are Eli Pariser, author of The Filter Bubble and former MoveOn.org Board President, and Siva Vaidhyanathan, Chair of the Department of Media Studies at University of Virginia and author of The Googlization of Everything. Arguing against the motion are Evgeny Morozov, Internet Scholar and author of The Net Delusion, and Jacob Weisberg, Chairman and Editor in Chief of The Slate Group.

The moderator will be John Donvan, correspondent for ABC News’ “Nightline.” In a career that spans more than two decades for ABC News, Donvan previously served as the Chief White House Correspondent, along with postings in Moscow, London, Jerusalem and Amman.

FORA.tv is the leading online destination for video programs from the world's best conferences and events. With more than 10,000 free and fee-based videos and its iPad "Conference Channel" app, FORA.tv has the web's largest collection of programs that feature the people, issues, and ideas changing the world. FORA.tv helps hundreds of organizations including the Aspen Institute, the Economist, the New York Public Library, and Wired expand the audience for their events. FORA.tv has been named a Top 50 Web Site by TIME, and a Top Education Site by The Telegraph. FORA.tv is funded by a select group of investors led by William R. Hearst III and is based in San Francisco. For more information, visit http://fora.tv.

Rethink your point of view with Intelligence Squared U.S. (IQ2US), Oxford-style debates live from New York City. Based on the highly successful debate program based in London, Intelligence Squared U.S. has presented over 60 debates on a wide range of provocative and timely topics. From global warming and the financial crisis, to Afghanistan/Pakistan and the death of mainstream media, Intelligence Squared U.S. brings together the world’s leading authorities on the day’s most important issues. Since its inception in 2006, the goals of the Intelligence Squared U.S. Foundation have been to provide a new forum for intelligent discussion, grounded in facts and informed by reasoned analysis; to transcend the toxically emotional and the reflexively ideological; and to encourage recognition that the opposing side has intellectually respectable views. Visit http://www.iq2us.org for more information.

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