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Zeynep Tufekci is an associate professor at the University of North Carolina and an opinion writer at the New York Times.

Her first book, Twitter and Tear Gas: The Power and Fragility of Networked Protest, was published by Yale University Press. She is currently working on a book about the social impacts of artificial intelligence and digital connectivity on society, with special emphasis on machine learning and data.

Zeynep started her career as a computer programmer before switching to social science to explore the interaction between technology and society.


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We Are Tenants on Our Own Devices

While are benefits of “smart” technology, they also afford companies significant control over the devices.

May 20, 2019

The Real Reason Fans Hate the Last Season of Game of Thrones

It's not just bad storytelling—it’s because the storytelling style changed from sociological to psychological

May 17, 2019

How Recommendation Algorithms Run the World

What should you watch? What should you read? What's news? What's trending? Wherever you go online, companies have come up with very particular, imperfect ways of answering these…

Apr 22, 2019

Think You’re Discreet Online? Think Again

Thanks to “data inference” technology, companies know more about you than you disclose.

Apr 21, 2019

What’s New About Conspiracy Theories?

Outsiders have always had a weakness for paranoid fantasies. Now our leaders are conspiracists, too.

Apr 15, 2019

Machines Shouldn’t Have to Spy On Us to Learn

How do we expand the benefits of machine learning, while protecting privacy?

Mar 25, 2019

Scientists Like Me Are Studying Your Tweets—Are You OK With That?

"Public" data ethics: Best practices for social media researchers

Anything “public” on social media may be fair game, but researchers should be more ethical about using that data

Mar 19, 2019

Secure the Vote

Assessing the integrity, safety, and security of the vote -- the most important element of a truly democratic government

Feb 19, 2019

The Imperfect Truth About Finding Facts In A World Of Fakes

Fakery is gushing in from everywhere and we’re drowning in it.

Feb 18, 2019

Yes, Big Platforms Could Change Their Business Models

The few companies that control our digital public sphere—Facebook, Google, and Twitter—are all driven by the same fundamental business model, and it has only grown more pernicious…

Dec 17, 2018

Russian Meddling Is a Symptom, Not the Disease

Foreign meddling is to our politics what a fever is to tuberculosis: a mere symptom of a deeper problem.

Oct 3, 2018

How social media took us from Tahrir Square to Donald Trump

To understand how digital technologies went from instruments for spreading democracy to weapons for attacking it, you have to look beyond the technologies themselves.

Aug 14, 2018

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May 9, 2017 @ 12:00 PM

Twitter and Tear Gas with Zeynep Tufekci

The Power and Fragility of Networked Protest

Join us for this firsthand account and incisive analysis of modern protest, revealing internet-fueled social movements’ greatest strengths and frequent challenges. More

Sep 27, 2016 @ 4:00 PM

Power and Participation in the Networked Public Sphere

with John Palfrey, Yochai Benkler, Intisar Rabb, Zeynep Tufekci, Catherine Bracy, and Jonathan Zittrain

A creative discussion about the impact of the networked public sphere on global events, power dynamics, and our society at large, and how that influence may be changing in years… More

Oct 15, 2013 @ 12:30 PM

Getting from No to Go: Social Media-Fueled Protest Style From Arab Spring to Gezi Protests in Turkey

Zeynep Tufekci, assistant professor at the University of North Carolina and faculty associate at Berkman Center for Internet & Society

Last few years witnessed a wave of protests around the world. Now that we have a number of case studies, what are the lessons we can draw? How does social media impact the… More

Sep 27, 2011 @ 12:30 PM

From Tehran to Tahrir: Social Media and Dynamics of Collective Action under Authoritarian Regimes

Zeynep Tufekci, University of North Carolina

Using empirical findings from a large protestor survey from Tahrir, Cairo (from Feb. 2011; n=1050), Zeynep Tufekci discusses how the new media ecology impacts dynamics of… More