Silicon Valley

Regional

Topic A

The Censorship of Online Media

The purpose of the internet has always been to act as a neutral medium for users to access and distribute information through. In the present, social media platforms have adopted the role of news and communications networks for its users around the world. While Facebook and Twitter have a combined reach of around 1.8 billion users, YouTube is in the process of replacing traditional television as the most common method of viewing videos. Google, on the other hand, has become the most widely used search engine worldwide.

However, the technological companies that monopolize the internet increasingly regulate not just how its content is perceived by users, but also what content can be displayed in the first place. At the heart of this dilemma are directly conflicting political beliefs and corporate governance policies. The decision to remove certain information online, albeit an ambiguous one, is one that should be done in the best interest of all users. However, the censorship of online media is often done using algorithms and manual reviewals that often contain bias. Given this, it is unsurprising that companies’ removal policies have come under scrutiny by various public figures, institutions, and even countries.

Topic B

User Privacy and Data Security (Crisis)

In the past, large businesses have captured consumer data for a variety of important reasons. Insights about consumer decisions, behaviours, and demographics directly influence their future business operations, marketing campaigns, and communications strategies. This information is typically collected in a multitude of ways: by asking consumers outright, monitoring their online activity, or purchasing it from outside companies. It can be used to personalize a company’s services, target its advertising, or improve its products.

The demand for consumer data is also ever-growing; according to a 2014 study conducted by IDC, by the end of 2020, there will be 44 zettabytes (44 trillion gigabytes) of consumer data circulating the internet. Typically, consumers are more likely to volunteer their personal information in exchange for rewards or incentives; however, they do so expecting that the process will be transparent and that their privacy will be the utmost priority.

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Dais team

Joyce Chen

Director

Jeffrey Luo

Chair

Cassidy Lee

Assistant Director

About

SV

Located in the heart of San Francisco, California, and home to a myriad of global technology startups, the Silicon Valley is rightly known as the world’s leading innovation hub. Its name is derived from the silicon semiconductors present in many of the electronics produced by the companies in Silicon Valley. At PacificMUN 2020, this committee will be comprised of a group of 25-30 delegates, each representing a member of the management team or Board of Directors of a key corporation. The committee’s task, as a group of some of the most influential business leaders in the technological sphere, will be to adopt comprehensive solutions to the many issues that currently threaten the industry. As a half-regular, half-crisis committee, every decision passed truly has the impact to make—or break—the company’s financial and corporate future.