Zeynep Tufekci is an associate professor in the School of Information and Library Science at the University of North Carolina, a faculty associate at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University and a former fellow at the Center for Internet Technology Policy at Princeton University. Her research revolves around politics, civics, movements, privacy and surveillance, as well as data and algorithms. She is a contributing opinion writer for the New York Times and writes about the social impacts of technology, as well as a fellow in the the inaugural class of Andrew Carnegie Scholars.
Originally from Turkey, Tufekci was a computer programmer by profession and academic training before turning her focus to the impact of technology on society and social change. She switched to social science and started calling herself a “technosociologist.” She has been published widely on the interaction of new technologies with society, politics and culture. Her forthcoming book from Yale University Press is tentatively titled Beautiful Tear Gas: The Ecstatic, Fragile Politics of Networked Protest in the 21st Century.