Hello,

We noticed you're browsing in private or incognito mode.

To continue reading this article, please exit incognito mode or log in.

Not an Insider? Subscribe now for unlimited access to online articles.

Insider Premium subscribers join our editorial staff for ongoing conversations. See them all

Insider Conversations

How the Internet Empowers and Endangers Protest Movements

Zeynep Tufekci’s new book reports from the front lines of protest movements enabled by social media – and explains how governments are learning to fight back.

From Cairo’s Tahrir Square to New York’s Zucotti Park, academic Zeynep Tufekci’s new book takes readers inside protest movements driven by the power of social networking and online communications. It has never been easier to pack the streets with protestors – what used to take community organizers months can be achieved in minutes with a single hashtag. Yet Tufekci also shows that movements that spring up this way can be more fragile and fleeting than those of the past, and that governments are getting wise to Internet protest tactics. Tufekci, an associate professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, recently spoke with Tom Simonite, MIT Technology Review’s San Francisco Bureau Chief. Twitter and Teargas: The Power and Fragility of Networked Protest, is published on May 16 by Yale University Press.

This recording is only available to Insider Premium Subscribers. Already subscribed?
About this series

This story is part of our ongoing Insider Conversations series that allows Premium subscribers to be a part of the conversation as our editors talk with innovators and entrepreneurs. See the whole series here.

If you are an Insider Premium subscriber, we'll send you an email announcing the next Insider Conversation. Keep an eye out and we hope you can join us.

More from Connectivity

What it means to be constantly connected with each other and vast sources of information.

Want more award-winning journalism? Subscribe to Insider Plus.
  • Insider Plus {! insider.prices.plus !}*

    {! insider.display.menuOptionsLabel !}

    Everything included in Insider Basic, plus the digital magazine, extensive archive, ad-free web experience, and discounts to partner offerings and MIT Technology Review events.

    See details+

    Print + Digital Magazine (6 bi-monthly issues)

    Unlimited online access including all articles, multimedia, and more

    The Download newsletter with top tech stories delivered daily to your inbox

    Technology Review PDF magazine archive, including articles, images, and covers dating back to 1899

    10% Discount to MIT Technology Review events and MIT Press

    Ad-free website experience

/3
You've read of three free articles this month. for unlimited online access. You've read of three free articles this month. for unlimited online access. This is your last free article this month. for unlimited online access. You've read all your free articles this month. for unlimited online access. You've read of three free articles this month. for more, or for unlimited online access. for two more free articles, or for unlimited online access.