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The deciders: Zeynep Tufekci at TEDSummit

The deciders: Zeynep Tufekci at TEDSummit

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Who would have thought when you left those high school math problems behind that you would one day be encountering algorithms on a daily basis? Zeynep Tufekci might have guessed; now an assistant professor at the University of North Carolina’s School of Information, Tufekci’s first job as a teenager was as a computer programmer. So []

Organizing principles: Notes from Session 5 of TEDSummit

Organizing principles: Notes from Session 5 of TEDSummit

Do we have the vision and the energy to confront seemingly impossible problems — like predatory corporations, political deadlock, the wasted potential of millions of refugees? Session 5 rounded up people who are jumping right in. A call to action on fossil fuels. Costa Rica, climate advocate Monica Araya’s native country, gets almost 100 percent of []

Technological hopes and fears: A recap of session 2 of TEDGlobal 2014

Technological hopes and fears: A recap of session 2 of TEDGlobal 2014

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Technology fuels social movements and opens up opportunities for political change. But at the same time, technology can radically compromise our privacy. In Session 2, speakers explore both potentials, with surprising conclusions. Below, recaps of the talks in this session. In 2011, a single email launched a worldwide movement against wealth inequality. Yet three years on, Occupy hasn’t delivered on its utopian []

Social movements beyond Twitter: Zeynep Tufekci live at TEDGlobal 2014

Social movements beyond Twitter: Zeynep Tufekci live at TEDGlobal 2014

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In 2011, a single email launched what became a worldwide movement calling out wealth inequality. Yet three years on, Occupy hasn’t delivered on its utopian promises. Why? In opening Session 2 at TEDGlobal 2014, techno-sociologist Zeynep Tufekci talks about the shortcomings of social movements galvanized by social media. To be sure, online networks have had a profound []

Digital Reboot: A sneak peek of session 2 at TEDGlobal 2014

Digital Reboot: A sneak peek of session 2 at TEDGlobal 2014

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How do our individual online lives influence the larger structures of society? We begin this session with a multi-faceted look at how digital platforms help shape movements, and how the call for change can transform into something with staying power. From there, we shift to a discussion of surveillance and the need for privacy—an issue []