October 15, 2013 at 12:30pm ET Berkman Center for Internet & Society, 23 Everett St, 2nd Floor
What can we learn from the protest wave of the last years? How does social media impact the capacity for collective action? Does social media contribute to blunting movement impacts by facilitating horizontal, non-institutional and "leaderless" movements? How do these movements compare with their predecessors like the civil-rights or anti-colonial movements? I discuss these questions by drawing from research on a variety of social movements including the "Arab Spring", European indignados movements, Occupy and Turkey's Gezi protests.
Zeynep Tufekci is an assistant professor at the University of North Carolina, a faculty associate at Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University and a fellow at the Center for Information Technology Policy at Princeton University.