Lack of exposure to different viewpoints threatens informed choices and free societies, warns Cass R. Sunstein, legal scholar and former White House executive. He argues that although the internet enables people to share ideas, algorithms that curate what viewers see lead people into “prisons of their own design,” and foment polarization that threatens society’s capacity to self-govern. Sunstein focuses on why keeping people poorly informed poses a risk to democracy. His careful research and thoughtful presentation provide a much-needed contribution to scholarship on the web’s social impact.

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