Zeynep Tufekci is an academic and writer who focuses on big social challenges that defy disciplinary boundaries and simple answers. She is the author of Twitter and Tear Gas: The Power and Fragility of Networked Protest and writes regularly for The Atlantic and the New York Times, as well as publishing a newsletter named Insight.
“Long before she became perhaps the only good amateur epidemiologist, she had quietly made a habit of being right on the big things.” — Ben Smith in the New York Times
A Few Selected Articles From and Interviews With Zeynep
We Need to Talk About Ventilation
How is it that six months into a respiratory pandemic, we are still doing so little to mitigate airborne transmission? Published in The Atlantic.
This Overlooked Variable Is the Key to the Pandemic
It’s not R. Published in The Atlantic.
Why Telling People They Don’t Need Masks Backfired
To help manage the shortage, the authorities sent a message that made them untrustworthy. Published in the New York Times.
5 Pandemic Mistakes We Keep Repeating
We can learn from our failures. Published in The Atlantic.
Ten scientific reasons in support of airborne transmission of SARS-CoV-2
Published in The Lancet.
An evidence review of face masks against COVID-19
Published in PNAS.
The Remarkable Value of Thinking Broadly: A COVID-19 Trifecta
Interview with Eric J. Topol, MD on the Medicine and the Machine podcast.
Zeynep Tufekci On Systems Thinking
Interview with Ezra Klein on “The Ezra Klein Show.”