American Civic Life

Truth, Religion, and the Internet

January 27, 2021

Today, even if you grow up in a community that is religiously homogeneous, you can quite easily meet and interact with someone of a different faith online, or you can follow the reflections of a public religious leader and learn from their experience.

Search engines act as digital shamans, ostensibly connecting people with the information they are seeking, yet guided by complex and opaque systems that can lead unsuspecting people to very bad places.

Finding the balance of freedom to express the truth as we see it, while censoring disinformation and hate speech is one of the greatest challenges of the Internet with great implications for religion.