Silicon Valley is known for both unicorns and blackswans. What political, social and economic ideas shape the culture of Silicon Valley today?

Group Members: Yuanyi Tang, Jiayue Qin, Shuai Ma, Nancy Ding

Silicon Valley serves as a global center for high technology and innovation in the United States.

Economic example:
With the advanced development of technologies, the idea of sharing has been more popular and the global society is becoming platformized. Airbnb is one of the most representative of this.

Political example:
Unicorns represent the original intention of Silicon Valley culture. Intellectuals headed by the white middle-class male class hope that the Internet environment is free and equal. However, with the emergence of Splinternet, various countries have formulated policies that are beneficial to their own national interests to restrict the development of the Internet, making the development of the Internet contrary to the original intention of Silicon Valley. For example, the Trump administration has completely restricted the use of Douyin and WeChat, and the platform can no longer ensure equal access rights for users in different regions.

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