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UNC SILS Professor Zeynep Tufekci Delivers TED Talk on the Internet’s Impact on Social Change


“(Chapel Hill, N.C., USA – Feb. 3, 2015) Dr. Zeynep Tufekci, assistant professor at the School of Information and Library Science (SILS) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, gave a TED Talk, “How the Internet has made social change easy to organize, hard to win,” which is now available online at
Tufekci originally delivered the talk at the TEDGlobal 2014 conference in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in October 2014. In her talk, she explains that technology can empower social movements in multiple ways, including the speed in which messages and awareness can spread. However, that speed may ultimately hurt movements by not allowing them to develop the organizational infrastructure and interpersonal relationships needed to negotiate the challenges of significant political or social change. “Easier to mobilize does not always mean easier to achieve gains,” she says.”
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