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By Howard Rheingold April 13, 2015 - 8:00am Comments
“I learned more on Twitter in six months than in two years of graduate school” is the epigraph of the first chapter of Tom Whitby’s book (co-authored with Steven W.
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By Nicole Mirra December 18, 2014 - 8:00am Comments
As St. Louis County Prosecutor Robert McCulloch stepped to the microphone on the evening of Nov. 24 to announce the grand jury’s decision about the fate of Darren Wilson, the police officer who shot and killed teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, on August 9, I found myself glued simultaneously to my laptop and the television set.
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By Ben Williamson May 26, 2014 - 9:00am Comments
The concept of the ‘quantified self’ has become the focus of global interest. Less acknowledged is the emergence of a range of technological devices and apps designed specifically for children to track, monitor and analyze data about their health, bodies and well-being. What are the issues raised by these technologies of the quantified self for kids? Emergence of the ‘Quantified Self’
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By Antero Garcia May 22, 2014 - 8:49am Comments
During the past week, I have been busy. I know this because my phone tells me so. Each night, before I go to bed, I check my schedule for the next day — seeing where I need to be, what time, any student meetings I’ve scheduled, and any notes I’ve made for my classes.
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By Raquel Recuero February 10, 2014 - 1:14pm Comments
A new movement — the "rolezinhos" (meaning something like "hang out somewhere" or “little strolls”) — has taken hold in Brazil. Through social media, the rolezinhos started as a simple call for fun teen gatherings in malls, organized by teenagers. Because of their increasing popularity, however, they have evolved into something similar to a flash mob, attracting thousands of rowdy participants, causing some panic among mall vendors and sparking police clashes.
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By Ben Williamson January 20, 2014 - 10:20am Comments
Computer code, software and algorithms have sunk deep into the “technological unconscious” of our contemporary “lifeworld.” How might this affect academic research in the social sciences and the formation of the professional identities of academics?
The End of Theory in Digital Social Research? Blog Image
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By Zeynep Tufekci January 9, 2014 - 11:20am Comments
From the “Indignados” in Spain, to “Occupy” in the United States, from Tahrir Square in Egypt to Syntagma Square in Greece, from Gezi Park in Turkey to #Euromaidan in Ukraine, the recent years have witnessed a proliferation of protests which, while embedded in differing circumstances and specific grievances, share multiple characteristics. Social media, an integral aspect of all these movements, is not a mere “tool” that is external to the organizational and cultural structure of these movements.
Capabilities of Movements and Affordances of Digital Media: Paradoxes of Empowerment Blog Image
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By Liz Losh October 21, 2013 - 7:15pm Comments
On a recent visit to Sarai, a Delhi research think tank housed in the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, I met a number of female university students who described participating in the mass protests that occurred after a 23-year-old physiotherapy student was raped and murdered in what many perceived as an event that unleashed a torrent of dissent to expre
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By Zeynep Tufekci October 3, 2013 - 9:55am Comments
The Gezi protests took everyone, including the protesters themselves, by surprise. "This wasn’t what I had planned to do in June at all," said a man in his early 30s to me as we sat in the small grassy area in front of his tent where he had been staying for more than a week. His wife nodded as she fiddled with her smartphone. I asked her what she was looking at. "Twitter," she said, "I’m just getting the hang of it."
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By Liz Losh September 13, 2013 - 9:40am Comments
The horrific Delhi gang rape case in which a 23-year-old physiotherapy student was murdered as a result of a grotesque sexual assault brought tens of thousands of protesters into the streets of the city to express outrage about the prevalence of gender-based violence in India.  Many have credited access to sites like Facebook and Twitter for allowing Indian citizens to express their dissent, but the story of political organization and awareness campaigns on the ground
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By Raquel Recuero September 6, 2013 - 4:50pm Comments
Brazil has several marginalized groups that often don't have a voice in government decision-making and are invisible to the majority of the country’s population. One such group, the country’s indigenous tribes, must constantly fight for their land against farmers and developers.
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By Raquel Recuero June 28, 2013 - 1:05pm Comments
What started earlier this month as a protest against the cost of public transportation has spread like wildfire across Brazil. One estimate said protests have taken place in 430 cities. The range of issues has grown too, including education reform, high taxes, healthcare and public corruption.
Social Media, Citizen Media, Online Tools
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By Zeynep Tufekci June 20, 2013 - 12:00pm Comments
Last Saturday, one day after I left Istanbul following an intense week of interviews with more than 100 Gezi Park protest participants, Turkish police forcefully cleared out the park, which had been occupied by protesters for the last three weeks trying to halt the construction of a replica Ottoman Barracks and a shopping mall in Taksim Square's only park.
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By Raquel Recuero June 14, 2013 - 10:20am Comments
Like Turkey, Brazil is seeing a wave of anti-government protests it hasn’t seen in years. Thousands of residents in several cities, including Brazil’s two biggest cities, Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, are now organizing protests.
Social Media Fuels Anti-Government Unrest in Brazil Blog Image
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By Zeynep Tufekci June 3, 2013 - 12:46pm Comments
Protesters from one of the world’s richest countries, one of the world’s oldest autocracies, and one of the world’s rising developing countries walk into ... a public space, use Twitter extensively, and capture global attention to their movement and their hashtag.
Networked Politics from Tahrir to Taksim
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By danah boyd May 22, 2013 - 5:20pm Comments
Yesterday, Pew Internet and American Life Project (in collaboration with Berkman) unveiled a brilliant report about “Teens, Social Media, and Privacy.” As a researcher who’s been in the trenches on these topics for a long time now, none of their finding surprised me but it still gives me absolute delight when our data is so beautifully in synch. I want to quickly discuss two important issues this report raises.
Thoughts on Pew’s Latest Report: Notable Findings on Race and Privacy Blog Image
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By Howard Rheingold March 25, 2013 - 12:25pm Comments
Zeynep Tufekci, a sociologist who uses, as well as studies, social media, offers a refreshingly rigorous and empirically-scaffolded perspective amid the frenzy of armchair social science regarding the impact of Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Reddit and other participatory media. Too often, public discourse about the influence of social media, both positive and negative, devolves into a Manichaean rhetoric of utopia-or-apocalypse.
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By Whitney Burke March 8, 2013 - 10:35am Comments
Last fall, a New York man rented out his apartment bedroom through Airbnb, a popular website for short-term stays. Unbeknownst to him, he was breaking the law. When he returned to his apartment days later, he was facing more than $40,000 in fines.
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By Whitney Burke February 28, 2013 - 8:40am Comments
What does it mean to be a teacher in the 21st century? It’s a question educators like Antero Garcia have been looking to answer since the digital media and learning initiative launched in 2006. Prior to joining the English department at Colorado State University in Fort Collins as an assistant professor, Antero spent eight years teaching high school English and ESL in South Central Los Angeles.
Public School Classrooms: Incubators for Social Learning  Blog Image
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By Raquel Recuero February 14, 2013 - 5:50pm Comments
On the early morning of Jan. 27, one of the most striking tragedies in Brazil's history took place. A fire started and spread in a popular nightclub in Santa Maria, killing more than 230 people and wounding another 116. The fire began when members of a band ignited fireworks for special effect. A spark reached foam insulation in the ceiling, quickly filling the building with toxic smoke that killed the majority of the victims. Most of the victims were young students from local universities, between the ages of 17 and 20.
Social Networks Support Grieving, Healing in Aftermath of Brazilian Tragedy

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