Zeynep Tufekci

A woman walks outside of a COVID-19 testing center at the Incheon International Airport In Incheon, South Korea, on Feb. 10, 2023. 

‘The pandemic is still with us’: The bumpy road to the end of COVID


Pinpointing the “end” of the coronavirus pandemic depends on the vantage point. The World’s host Marco Werman spoke with Dr. Michael Mina, a leading epidemiologist and the chief science officer at EMed, a digital health care company, along with Zeynep Tufekci, a sociologist and professor at Columbia University, to learn more about the “bumpy, difficult off-ramp” from COVID-19.

A group of people leave flowers outside a building with signs table to a column that say "#turntolove" and "#love will win terror will lose"

New Zealand shooting video was ‘made to make us watch it.’ This professor says don’t.

Activity using Strava's tracking technologies such as the one above has helped the company produce a heat map of the world using one billion total activities.

Recent discovery on Strava heat map points out the ease of leaking data through social media platforms


The potential — and possible pitfalls — of modern protests

Youth in Istanbul, Turkey protest the results of a referendum on their president's powers.

Turks vote by a slim margin to expand their president’s powers, and dissent erupts on social media

Global Politics
UNC professor Zeynep Tufekci says Facebook is offering the news equivalent of Halloween candy.

How to stop Facebook when its newsfeed ‘serves Halloween candy for breakfast, lunch and dinner’


Social media is chipping away at democracy, and everyone saw it coming

Activists in Turkey are silhouetted against a screen showing President Tayyip Erdogan during a pro-government demonstration in Ankara, Turkey, July 17, 2016.

Turkish authorities owe their very survival to the free press they attempt to throttle


When Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan wanted to reach out to those who opposed the attempted coup last week, he didn’t dial-in to a government-supported media outlet.

Zeynep Tufekci at SXSW 2015.

‘Power in numbers’ is more than a phrase — it’s a vital part of social change


Like many people in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, social scientist Zeynep Tufekci was shocked by the killing of three Muslim students there in February. At a hastily organized vigil the following night, she was reminded of the power of community in addressing problems.

SafeMode conversation with Zeynep

8 things we learned about activism in Marco Werman’s conversation with Zeynep Tufekci at SXSW


We need to be moving to a model where activists demand “no representation without conversation,” said Zeynep Tufekci in a discussion about privacy, social media censorship, hashtag activism and global youth protests at the South by Southwest festival in Austin.

SafeMode at SXSW

The World explores youth activism at SXSW


Gezi Park. Tahrir Square. Hong Kong. Ferguson. What form is youth activism taking and how is it different from what came before? The World brings you a multimedia experience from South by Southwest in Austin as part of our #SafeMode series.