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Visiting Twitter Team: No office in Turkey in near future, No personal data to be given to government…

In Uncategorized on April 16, 2014 at 17:51

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Let me briefly sum up what I have written in Turkish. I was invited to a meeting today with the Twitter team that visits Turkey and holds government-level talks. It looks like pro-AKP media continued to create misinformation…

* No Twitter office to be opened in Turkey soon. Decision to open an office is based on economic analyses and this is not the case for Turkey yet. Especially after the ban. Twitter works with a local agency, and the latter already pays its taxes from Twitter ad sales. 

* Government officials want to get in touch with Twitter officials without the timezone hassle. In this case, Twitter has a local lawyer and also the office in Ireland is nearly in the timezone.

* Explanation for the ban by Turkish officials are some court orders. NOT the taxation issue. Twitter officials explains that users can directly complain without any court orders. If there is still a court order, then the content is held on that particular country but not worldwide. Turkish officials did not seem to have cared these explanations and insisted on court orders.

* Twitter promises to give no personal data to Turkish government. Content can be censored due to local court orders but no data given. Turkish government can apply to US courts, as Twitter servers are located there but still no guarantee of personal data to be given…

* Twitter team is in Turkey to have conversation with sides in charge but NOT for negotiations…

 

Older news:

Turkey and Twitter find ‘common ground’

Hurriyet Daily News

Twitter officials have met Turkish President Gül’s advisers following comprehensive talks in Ankara. ‘Common ground’ has been found, according to the semi-official Anadolu Agency

Turkey accuses Twitter of “tax evasion”, calls for local office

Yahoo news

Turkey urged executives from Twitter (TWTR.N) to open an office and start paying Turkish tax on Monday in the first direct talks since a two-week ban imposed on the site as the government battled a corruption scandal. Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan’s government blocked Twitter and YouTube (GOOGL.O) in March, drawing international condemnation, after audio recordings, purportedly showing .

Twitter executives in Turkey for meeting with gov’t officials

Hurriyet Daily News

Executives from Twitter have arrived in Ankara to meet officials from the Turkish government, public broadcaster TRT Türk reported April 14

Social media bans darken Turkey’s prospects

FT.com – World, Europe

The decision by the government to ban Twitter and YouTube has a deeper impact that goes beyond the companies that are directly affected

 

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Twitter ekibiyle olan toplantıdan notlar…

In Uncategorized on April 16, 2014 at 17:29

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Twitter Head of Global Public Policy Colin Crowell visits Ankara on April 14.
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Twitter ekibiyle olan toplantıdan notlar…

İçinde Twitter’ın Küresel Kamu Politikalarından Sorumlu Başkan Yardımcısı Colin Crowell’ın da olduğu Twitter ekibi hükümet düzeyindeki görüşmelerden sonra çeşitli sektörlerden kişilerle de bir araya geliyor.

Bu bir araya gelmelerinden birine ben de davet edilmiştim. Aslı Tunç ve İsmail Hakkı Polat gibi hocaların da olduğu toplantıdan aldığım notları sizlerle paylaşayım.

Kamu seviyesindeki görüşmelerinde Twitter yasağının “orantısızlığı”na değinmişler. Belli hesaplar yüzünden tüm siteyi kapatmadaki orantısızlığa tabi biz alışkınız ama onlar pek alışkın değil. “2 yıl önce günde atılan ortalama Twitter mesajı sayısı 2 milyon iken şu anda 500 milyon olmuş durumda ve tüm içeriği denetlemek merkezi olarak imkansız. Bu yüzden kullanıcılarımızdan önerilerini önemsiyoruz” dendi. Ayrıca Twitter’ın açık bir platform olduğu ve siyaseten tavır almadığı belirtildi. Burada da RTE’nin ne kadar çok Twitter takipçisi olduğunun da altı çizildi.

Peki kapatmanın nedeni vergi miydi?

Tahmin ettiğim üzere Twitter yetkililerine söylenen bazı hesaplardan yapılan uygunsuz içerik ve bunların ardından gelen kapatma davalarıydı. Vergi meselesini Türkiye’ye vardığımızda öğrendik dediler. Aslında Twitter’ın yasaklanma sürecine bakıldığında bir muktedirin kapatırım demesi üzerine buna mazeretler üretilmesini görüyoruz zaten. Önce birkaç tane kapatma kararı kullanılıyor ama kısa süre sonra kamuoyu önünde Twitter’ın vergi vermediği ve bu nedenle kapatıldığı argümanı yayılıyordu. Bu şark kurnazlığı Türkiye kamuoyu önünde kısmen işlese de Amerikalılara tam işlemeyecekti. O yüzden onlara mahkeme kararları sunulmuş.

Twitter ekibinin buna verdiği cevap ise tahmin ettiğimiz gibi: Kapatmaya neden olan meselelerin çoğu mahkemelik bile olmadan Twitter’a bizzat şikayet edildiğinde halledilebilecek meseleler. İlla ki mahkeme kararıyla geliniyorsa o zaman Twitter 2-3 yıl önce başlattığı uygulamayı kullanıyor: Ulusal/yerel mahkeme kararı geçerli olan ülkede o Twitter mesajı ya da hesabı engelleniyor ama dünya çapında bir engelleme olmuyor. Bu tip engellemelerin listesi de şu sitede tutuluyor: http://ift.tt/KzMA4T

Ayrıca Twitter birçok ülkede olduğu gibi Türkiye’de de bir avukata sahip. Onunla dava işleriyle ilgilenebiliyor. Bu açıklamalara karşı devlet yetkililerinin cevabı pek yaratıcı olmamış: “Ama işte bu mahkeme kararları var”.

Bu arada Twitter reklam işleriyle ilgili olarak Türkiye’den bir ajansla çalışıyor. Bu ajans (Genart) Türkiye’de ve zaten vergi ödüyor. Türkiye’den elde ettikleri gelir de çok yüksek değil diye not düşüldü.

 

Kullanıcı bilgileri

Tabi hükümet yetkililerinin pek dillendirmediği ama hepimizin aklında olan soru kullanıcı bilgilerinin verilip verilmediği meselesiydi. Twitter ekibi bu konuda net konuştu. Yasak başladığında da resmen açıklandığı üzere kullanıcı bilgisi vermiyoruz. Yerel mahkeme kararına göre içeriği engellesek bile kullanıcı bilgisini Türkiye Devletinin alabilmesi için ABD’deki mahkemelere başvurmaları gerekiyor. Ancak orada bile Twitter kullanıcı bilgisi vermemek için mücadele ediyor. Bu Türkiye’ye özgü değil. Twitter’ın itibarının bir kısmı bu politikasından kaynaklanıyor zaten. Twitter ekibi şunun da altını çizdi: “Birçok ülkeden Türkiye meselesi izleniyor. Burada kullanıcılarımızın aleyhinde bir işleme başlarsak devamı diğer ülkelerde de gelecek. O yüzden bu konuda kararlı durmaya çalışıyoruz”.

Twitter’ın kullanım pratikleri dünyanın her yerinde aynı. İçerik kaldırmayla ilgili şirket prensipleri var. Onlar da zaten Twitter resmi sayfasından bulunabilir. Yerel mahkeme kararlarına uymak zorunda kaldıkları durumlarda ise o mahkemenin otoritesinin sınırları altında içeriği kaldırıyorlar ama tüm dünya çapında değil.

 

Ofis meselesi

Twitter ekibi şunun da altını çizdi. Google’ın sırf İrlanda bürosu çalışanlarının sayısı tüm Twitter çalışanlarından fazladır. Twitter nihai olarak ticari bir şirkettir ve ofis açma kararlarını ekonomik analizler doğrultusunda yapar. Hükümet çevrelerinin daha hızlı iletişim isteklerini anladıklarını ama bunu Türkiye’deki avukatları ve İrlanda’daki ofisleri sayesinde halledebileceklerini belirttiler. Dünyanın her yerinde aynı ölçüler çerçevesinde ofis açtıklarını ve Türkiye’den henüz yüksek bir gelir gelmediği için ofis açmayı şimdilik düşünmediklerini belirttiler.

Son olarak hükümet ve diğer paydaşlarla bir diyaloğa girdiklerini (conversation) ama görüşmelerin bir müzakere (negotiation) şeklinde olmadığını belirttiler. Bundan sonraki dönemde dijiğtal vatandaşlığın geliştirilmesi vb projelere katkıda bulunabilecekleri ama zaten bunu dünyanın her tarafında yapmak istediklerini de söylediler.
Ben Twitter ekibinin söyleminden tatmin oldum. Yandaş medyanın dezenformasyonun ötesinde bilgiler ve perspektfiler alabildik. Ama tabi karşılarında keyfi kararlar alan güçlü bir iktidar var. Türkiye ortamında nasıl yol alacaklar, hep birlikte göreceğiz….

 

 

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New photo from Facebook April 16, 2014 at 01:05PM

In Uncategorized on April 16, 2014 at 12:20
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New photo from Facebook April 16, 2014 at 11:25AM

In Uncategorized on April 16, 2014 at 10:26
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New photo from Facebook April 15, 2014 at 11:16PM

In Uncategorized on April 15, 2014 at 22:22
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Eurosphere agenda: ” Ukrainian Crisis: a Quick Guide to Key Internet Links… and more…

In Uncategorized on April 15, 2014 at 18:35

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Ukrainian Crisis: a Quick Guide to Key Internet Links

Docuticker

Source: Parliamentary Library of Australia This Quick Guide provides Parliamentarians with a list of key resources and commentary about the ongoing crisis in Ukraine.   + Direct link to Guide (PDF; 268 KB)

 

 

US says arming Ukraine forces is an option

EurActiv.com

Following the EU’s decision, Monday (14 April) to expand the list of Russian officials targeted by an asset freeze and travel ban, the United States announced that it is considering supplying arms to Ukraine

Obama presses Putin over Ukraine

BBC News | Europe | World Edition

The US president urges his Russian counterpart to use his influence to make separatists in eastern Ukraine stand down as the government moves against them

EU approves one-billion-euro aid to Ukraine

Hurriyet Daily News

The European Union on Monday formally approved a one-billion-euro assistance package to help Ukraine’s interim authorities overcome the country’s deep financial problems

 

To defuse the tensions in eastern Ukraine, acting President Oleksandr Turchynov on Monday proposed a referendum on the federalisation of the country. At the same time he asked the UN to send in peacekeeping forces. Commentators doubt Kiev will be able to bring the situation under control and see help from abroad as the only solution to the crisi

The EU stands united in the face of Russia – or does it?

Open Europe blog

So, about Ukraine…

Arriving in Luxembourg this morning to discuss events in Ukraine with his European counterparts, British Foreign Secretary William Hague called for a “clear and united” EU response to Russia’s ‘escalation’ of the crisis

 

It’s time for European investments in Greece, says German industry

EurActiv.com by Sarantis Michalopoulos

After Greece’s successful return to the bond market last week, the time has come for European investment in the debt-ridden country, according to the Federation of German Industries. EurActiv Greece reports.

 

EU sees Russia’s hand in Ukraine and threatens sanctions

Hurriyet Daily News

The European Union discussed fresh sanctions against Russia on Monday as foreign ministers angrily blamed Moscow for fomenting trouble in restive eastern Ukraine

Europe’s Deepening Muddle

Project Syndicate by Ashoka Mody

German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble recently called for EU treaty changes to create a European budget commissioner, among other things. But, while Schäuble’s strategy may sound appealing, it will amount to nothing – not least because of countries’ unwillingness to cede sovereignty.

You’re a Russian reporter – stay out of Ukraine!

open Democracy News Analysis – by Roman Osharov  Ukraine’s border and security officials are applying a restrictive policy on Russians entering the country, particularly male Russians of military age, and reporters

 

The empty slogans of the ‘Volksparteien’ in the European Parliament election campaign in Germany

Jon Worth

From its headquarters at the southern end of Stresemanstrasse as far as Potsdamer Platz, the SPD has filled the street with huge election posters for the European Parliament election campaign… and they are awful. The five main posters are shown below.

Minorities unite with animated campaign ahead of EU elections

Osocio Weblog #NoHateEP2014: Minorities unite with animated campaign ahead of EU elections.

This animated campaign explains the choice given to Emma, an EU voter, in the May elections. Emma faces an important choice between candidates who oppose her friends’ rights, or who care about both Emma and her community.

Marine Le Pen under fire for absenteeism and untruths

EurActiv.com by Cécile Barbière

As the European election campaign picks up, French politicians are attacking Marine Le Pen for ignoring her parliamentary her responsibilities in Brussels. EurActiv France reports

 

The Commission is close to finalising proposals for economic and trade sanctions regarding Crimea, the Ukrainian peninsula occupied by Russia. A final decision by member states is expected soon, diplomats told EurActiv

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New photo from Facebook April 15, 2014 at 07:30PM

In Uncategorized on April 15, 2014 at 18:34
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Turkey’s EU minister declares to fix broken image While a report claims Turkey ‘aided Islamist fighters’ in attack on Syrian town…

In Uncategorized on April 15, 2014 at 15:08

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More than 50 students detained today in Dicle U, Diyarbakır. @StajerV

 

Turkey to fix broken image: EU Minister

The Turkish government is hoping to breathe fresh life into its troubled EU accession process, with a series of new ‘reform packages’
Turkish authorities ‘allowed fighters to enter Syria through a strategic border post to carry out assault on Armenian town of Kasab’, the Telegraph reports
Le Figaro (France) no. 21675, lundi 14 avril 2014, p. 17 Laure Marchand, Istanbul Malgré les affaires de corruption, la répression des manifestations et la restriction des libertés, le premier ministre islamo-conservateur a remporté haut la main les élections locales de mars. De quoi encourager l’autoritarisme de Recep Tayyip Erdogan, le nouveau « sultan

Why would former Turkey’s allies turn against Erdogan?
The Voice of Russia
Voice of Russia is discussing the issue with Erkan Saka, independent political analyst, based with Bilgi University in Turkey, and Dr. Halil M. Karaveli, a Senior Fellow with the Turkey Initiative at the Central Asia-Caucasus Institute & Silk Road

The southeastern provinces of Hakkari and Şırnak were selected by the BDP as pilot zones for defining local policies in many areas such as education, health and agriculture
The CHP is open to discuss appointing a co-leader to management for better representation of the youth, Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu said

Turkey: Local Elections with Regional and International Implications

Assessment Report (ACRPS) 13 April, 2014                                                 العربية Arab Center for Research and Policy Studies Policy Analysis Unit * Though the Justice and Development Party (AKP) was anticipated to win the Turkish local elections, the opposition banked on the

Oy Vey (İ)z-mir: The Turkish Elections and Erdoğan’s Options

Tel Aviv Notes (The Moshe Dayan Center)  Vol. 8, No. 6, March 26, 2014 Tel Aviv University by Ahmet Kasım Han * On the 16 th of March, T urkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) leader and Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan attended a grandiose election rally in İzmir, in advance of the forthcoming

Turkey becomes a top 15 military spender

Hurriyet Daily News

Turkey enteres among ‘the elite’ in military spending according to SIPRI’s research

US still biggest world military spender

AL JAZEERA ENGLISH (IN DEPTH)

Despite cuts, US remains world’s largest single military spender, with more than a third of total global expenditures

 

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Taksim denied for May Day Rally… Government wants tension…A Social fabric roundup…

In Uncategorized on April 14, 2014 at 21:36

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Unions meet Istanbul governor for May Day rally in Taksim

Hurriyet Daily News

A senior Turkish labor leader has said thousands of union members are determined to celebrate International Labor Day in Istanbul’s iconic Taksim Square

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Anti–westernism in Turkey

open Democracy News Analysis – by Hakki Tas

Erdoğan now adopts the same rhetoric of his political opponents even though they were imprisoned for attempting to overthrow his government. This anti-western, conspiracy-driven rhetoric may lead to a point of no return.

 

900,000 Syrians take refuge in Turkey: UNICEF

 

The number of Syrian refugees that have taken shelter in Turkey has approached 900,000, UNICEF says, particularly warning of the problems Syrian children have been facing in exile

 

Justice minister announces exclusive prisons for LGBTs, sparking debate

Hurriyet Daily News

Bekir Bozdağ has announced that a project to build exclusive prisons for LGBTs is underway, sparking concern that such a measure will expose them to more discrimination

 

Case opened against policeman, 20 years demanded for ‘intentional killing’ of Gezi protester

Hurriyet Daily News

An official lawsuit has been opened into a policeman on charges of “intentional killing” of Gezi protester Abdullah Cömert

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Pulitzer goes to Greenwald and Poitras for Coverage on Snowden’s NSA Leaks… A journalism roundup

In Uncategorized on April 14, 2014 at 21:36

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Pulitzer Awarded to Greenwald and Poitras for Coverage on Snowden’s NSA Leaks

Mashable! by Jason Abbruzzese  Greenwald-and-poitras

The Guardian and the Washington Post have been awarded the prestigious Pulitzer Prize for Public Service for their reporting on the NSA surveillance that the leaked documents from Edward Snowden brought to light

How some journalists are using anonymous secret-sharing apps

Nieman Journalism Lab by Caroline O’Donovan

Gwyneth Paltrow’s divorce from rock star husband Chris Martin is not an event with great civic impact. But it’s big news to the many writers whose salaries depend on highly trafficked stories about celebrities, as well as to the massive audience that loves to read them.

Know your user: Learning how different journalists approach data with Census Reporter

Nieman Journalism Lab by Caroline O’Donovan

About a year and a half ago, a team of developers and journalists won $450,000 from Knight to redesign Census.IRE.org, now known as Census Reporter. The funding for that project expires this spring, after extensive user interviews and demos. It’s interesting to look at what nearly half a million dollars and a year can do to the accessibility of a data set to a journalist. Understanding how people think differently about quantitative information can be a serious challenge — and it’s a useful example to any number of editorial projects that could benefit from structured thinking about user needs before planning get too far down the road.

Journalism is aggregation”

Nieman Journalism Lab by Joshua Benton  /

At The Washington Post, Joel Achenbach briefly realizes it’s turtles all the way down:

Interviewing is a craft. An interview is not quite the same thing as a conversation. There’s an attempt in an interview to extract useful information, and this is a unilateral endeavor. I’m the one asking the

 

digital-media-law-project-dmlp-cmlpWhat are the biggest legal issues affecting online news organizations, large and small? One group that has a unique perspective on that question is Harvard’s Digital Media Law Project, which for more than four years has run the Online Media Legal Network, which provides pro bono or low-cost legal services to digital publishers.

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