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Prof. Zeynep Tufekci

Self Description

January 2012: "I’m an assistant professor at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill at the School of Information and Library Science with an affiliate appointment in the Department of Sociology. I’m also a Fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University. I was previously an assistant professor of sociology at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. My research revolves around the interaction between technology and social, cultural and political dynamics. I am particularly interested in collective action and social movements, complex systems, surveillance, privacy, and sociality."

Third-Party Descriptions

July 2016: 'Donald Trump Facebook Twitter Pinterest The rise of Donald Trump is ‘a symptom of the mass media’s growing weakness’, according to academic Zeynep Tufekci. Photograph: Jim Cole/AP As the academic Zeynep Tufekci argued in an essay earlier this year, the rise of Trump “is actually a symptom of the mass media’s growing weakness, especially in controlling the limits of what it is acceptable to say”. (A similar case could be made for the Brexit campaign.) “For decades, journalists at major media organisations acted as gatekeepers who passed judgment on what ideas could be publicly discussed, and what was considered too radical,” Tufekci wrote. The weakening of these gatekeepers is both positive and negative; there are opportunities and there are dangers.'

November 2012: "These groups are not clueless when it comes to social media. But their efforts to spin the public may backfire because it can't silence other voices, said Zeynep Tufekci, a fellow at Princeton's Center for Information Technology Policy."

January 2012: 'Zeynep Tufekci, an assistant professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, took the other side. “I’m defending Twitter’s policy because it is the one I hope others adopt: transparent, minimally compliant w/ law, user-empowering,” she wrote.'


RoleNameTypeLast Updated
Employee/Freelancer/Contractor (past or present) Berkman Center for Internet & Society Organization Jan 28, 2012
Employee/Freelancer/Contractor (past or present) UNC Chapel Hill (University of North Carolina) Organization Jan 28, 2012
Employee/Freelancer/Contractor (past or present) University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) Organization Jan 28, 2012

Articles and Resources

Date Resource Read it at:
Jul 12, 2016 How technology disrupted the truth

QUOTE: Social media has swallowed the news – threatening the funding of public-interest reporting and ushering in an era when everyone has their own facts. But the consequences go far beyond journalism....It seemed that journalists were no longer required to believe their own stories to be true, nor, apparently, did they need to provide evidence. Instead it was up to the reader – who does not even know the identity of the source – to make up their own mind. But based on what? Gut instinct, intuition, mood? Does the truth matter any more?

Guardian Unlimited
Nov 16, 2012 Will Twitter war become the new norm?

QUOTE: The military's live spin about the strike, and Hamas' response on a separate Twitter feed, have been called an unprecedented use of social media. BuzzFeed wrote that it "may well be the most meaningful change in our consumption of war in over 20 years." It's raising questions about the ethics and implications of live-tweeting a violent conflict.

CNN (Cable News Network)
Jan 27, 2012 Censoring of Tweets Sets Off #Outrage

QUOTE: [Twitter] became a bullhorn for millions of people worldwide, especially vital in nations that tend to muzzle their own people. But this week, in a sort of coming-of-age moment, Twitter announced that upon request, it would block certain messages in countries where they were deemed illegal. The move immediately prompted outcry, argument and even calls for a boycott from some users.

New York Times