The Gezi Resistance, a networked movement which erupted in Istanbul, Turkey in June 2013, quickly spread to the rest of the country via the tactical and strategic utilization of the internet. The movement eventually withered away in the face of high-securitization of the city and cyber-space. Ustun will discuss how the political authority in Turkey exerted hierarchical and central control over the internet, and how their central agencies claimed this online territory incrementally, shedding light on how power operates over decentralized networks.
Zeyno Ustun received her Ph.D. from the department of Sociology at the New School for Social Research where she was a Fellow of the Integrative Ph.D. Fellowship program, a Teaching Fellow at the Eugene Lang College, and a researcher at Graph Commons. Ustun’s research begins with the political and legal aftermath of the Gezi Park Resistance, a nationwide networked movement that erupted in Istanbul, Turkey and quickly spread to the rest of the country via the tactical and strategic utilization of the Internet. Ustun aims to map the historical, technical, and bureaucratic processes and the social and political conditions that facilitated not only the Gezi Resistance in Turkey and other networked movements of the 21st century but also the rising influence of state surveillance.