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zeynep tufekci
Smarter thinking for puzzles worth pondering. A newsletter by Zeynep for a complex world.
Created 12 Apr 2018
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  • We shouldn't still be confused
    29 Jul 2021 • < 1 min read • 78 92
    I’ve been somewhat at a loss since the latest CDC announcement about masks and vaccine breakthroughs. It’s not that it’s good or bad, but more like I’m confused. And that’s troubling because the one t...
  • Delta Dysfunction
    24 Jul 2021 • 5 min read • 98 39
    When I warned about the more transmissible Delta variant last May, I was most worried about the many countries around the world without access to vaccines. That situation remains catastrophic. Estimat...
  • Official holiday open thread!
    22 Jul 2021 • < 1 min read • 65 56
    Just a programming note to say that, I think I’m finally close to catching up with the move and the bureaucracy backlog. I think the newsletter will come back this weekend. (I am counting this as my o...
  • Open Thread for Subscribers, Rites of Passage Edition 7/11
    11 Jul 2021 • < 1 min read • 84 32
    This week, I wrote my first post from New York on the joys of trying to get internet service working. Infrastructure is, of course, interesting in and of itself but it also felt like a rite of passage...
  • Internet Makes a Home
    09 Jul 2021 • 5 min read • 84 17
    After weeks of being in transit, I’ve finally landed in one place. It’s been weeks of packing and then weeks of being on the move and a lot of transitions, so it feels great to have a desk and a real ...
  • Our Remarkable Media Bubble: The Location Edition
    06 Jul 2021 • 7 min read • 70 21
    In this newsletter, I continue to explore some of the problems that have been exposed by the way "origins" of SARS-CoV-2 are discussed and debated, rather than the topic itself. As my New York Times a...
  • Open Thread for Subscribers July 4th
    04 Jul 2021 • < 1 min read • 68 22
    In just a few days, I’ll land in New York City, finally! Apologies for a few typos in yesterday’s newsletter. I copy-pasted the newsletter while *in a car* (not driving!) and then noticed a mistake, a...
  • Surely There's a Better Way
    02 Jul 2021 • 7 min read • 61 9
    A remarkable interview with the American virologist Ralph Baric came out in MIT Technology Review right after my article in the New York Times was published. Ralph Baric is one of the world’s top bat ...
  • Rare Events Need Different Methods
    28 Jun 2021 • 7 min read • 36 52
    In the next few weeks, I want to discuss some of the broader questions and some of the detailed topics that have come up during the whole coronavirus origins debate. First, let’s talk about rare event...
  • Sunday Open Thread for Subscribers 6/27
    27 Jun 2021 • 3 min read • 81 59
    So it’s been a busy month! Between moving to New York City and working to finalize this piece on coronavirus origins, I haven’t had a chance to dive into many topics I’d been looking forward to writin...