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Erkan in Bonn, Germany to attend The Deutsche Welle Global Media Forum (@DW_GMF)

In Uncategorized on June 29, 2014 at 09:15

GMF 2014 Artikelbild Master quer englisicher Titel

Jeff Jarvis, Mathias Döpfner, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, Bassem Youssef and Sarah Harrison will be among the prominent speakers at Deutsche Welle Global Media Forum from June 30 – July 2 in Bonn.

I will fly in a few hours to Bonn. The 3-day program looks fantastic. Hopefully, I will blog about it or tweet.  Digitalization and participation politics occupy a central role this year and that’s all I am for… Hopefully, I will also see Christian Runkel who is one of the most loyal reader of this blog…

Here is the official site for the event. The last bullettin for press here. Tomorrow there will also be the The 2014 BOBs Awards (I was a jury member) ceremony… “The main winners of this year’s annual DW international competition, The BOBs – Best of Online Activism, will be honored at 6:00 p.m. on Monday, June 30. Among the award recipients is photoblogger Mosa’ab Elshamy from Egypt….



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Cyberculture agenda: “The Internet’s Own Boy”… “Germany Ends Contract With Verizon…

In Uncategorized on June 28, 2014 at 14:22


“The Internet’s Own Boy”: How the government destroyed Aaron Swartz

A film tells the story of the coder-activist who fought corporate power and corruption — and paid a cruel price

"The Internet's Own Boy": How the government destroyed Aaron Swartz

Aaron Swartz (Credit: TakePart/Noah Berger)

NSA Fallout: Germany Ends Contract With Verizon


The German government has decided not to renew a contract with Verizon out of fear the telecom giant might be cooperating with the NSA and allowing the spy agency to snoop on private communication



The Unbearable Bureaucracy of Wikipedia

by Dariusz Jemielniak wants to make it easier to exercise your ‘right to be forgotten’ on Google

The Next Web by Paul Sawers

In the wake of the landmark EU ruling last month stipulating that individuals should have the right to be forgotten by removing outdated information about themselves from search engine results, Google was soon inundated with takedown requests


One Year After the Snowden Revelations: How the NSA Violates International Human Rights Standards

Global Voices Online

Cartoon by Carlos Latuff, shared via Web We Want/Flickr (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Today, June 5, marks the first anniversary of the beginning of the Edward Snowden revelations—a landmark event in global awareness of the worldwide spying machine.

Over the last year, the world has learned specific details of how the NSA and its four closest allies in the Five Eyes partnership (United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand)have constructed a web of digital communications surveillance systems at the technical and operational levels spanning the entire globe. We have learned the details of the extent of cooperation and intelligence-sharing among these countries, and have witnessed how material gathered under one country’s surveillance regime is readily shared with others.

The dispersed locations of the Five Eyes countries enable them to surveil most of the world’s Internet traffic as it transits through their hubs and is stored in their various territories. Moreover, they have partnered with over 80 major global corporations to leverage their spying capabilities. The scope and reach of their cooperation and intelligence sharing has shocked the world.

In a leaked internal document, the NSA defined their “collection posture” as being to “sniff, know, collect, process, exploit, partner it all.” This proves what many privacy advocates had suspected for a long time: The NSA has strayed far from its legitimate goal of protecting national security. In fact, we have seen the NSA participate in economic espionage,diplomatic spying and suspicionless surveillance of entire populations. Even worse, it surreptitiously weakened the products and standards that many people use to protect themselves against online spying.


Julian Assange marks 2nd year in Ecuador’s embassy


Julian Assange is marking the second anniversary of his stay in the Ecuadorean Embassy in London

The anonymous Internet

Oxford Internet Institute –

Information Geographies on 9 June 2014 at 13:46PM

Description This cartogram illustrates users of Tor: one of the largest anonymous networks on the Internet. Data The data are freely and openly available on the Tor Metrics Portal, which

And The Movie File-Sharing Capital of The World Is….


It’s no secret that P2P file-sharing services are widely used to distribute pirated movies. However, less is known about the volume of these unauthorized transfers in various countries.

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New photo from Facebook June 28, 2014 at 02:49PM

In Uncategorized on June 28, 2014 at 13:53

Ortadoğu’da sanat. via via Facebook Pages

HDP rejects claims it will ally with ruling AKP in presidential polls BUT most HDP voters will probably prefer AKP candidate…

In Uncategorized on June 27, 2014 at 16:36

I feel like what happened in Istanbul Municipality election will happen at a national level. HDP offers a good candidate that does not have much chance. Most Kurdish HDP voters vote for AKP candidate, especially those consertivative citizens,  most leftists vote for HDP and AKP wins.

I personally like Mr. Demirtaş very much but I do not believe he has a chance against MHP-CHP and AKP candidates. In the second round, most conservative HDP voters will probably turn to AKP candidate… This is what I observe in the field. Erdoğan has a great card: Peace process. Main opposition does not have much peace with the Kurdish question.

Let’s see what the future shows…


HDP rejects claims it will ally with ruling AKP in presidential polls

The co-chair HDP has denied claims that the party will make an allegiance with the ruling AKP in the upcoming presidential elections, speaking on private news channel Habertürk

Turkey’s ruling AKP to announce candidate for presidency on July 1
The AKP has confirmed that it will announce its candidate for the August presidential elections on July 1, two days before the official deadline

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“10 urban heritage sites Istanbul lost in 2000s…. Istanbul news roundup…

In Uncategorized on June 27, 2014 at 15:35

Süheyl Bey Mosque:The 16th century mosque was demolished in 1956 in the scope of a road construction project from the Adnan Menderes government that Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan frequently idealizes and describes as his government’s political predecessor. The building was “restored” last year in a way reminiscent of a modern office building, rather than a mosque. “I’ve never seen such a restoration project that ends up so distant from the original. Such works are commissioned to the friends and comrades of the political figures,” the Chamber of Architects chair Eyüp Muhcu had said at the time

10 urban heritage sites Istanbul lost in 2000s


Rebul Pharmacy is the latest cultural asset that Istanbul has lost from its urban memory. Here are 10 other casualties of the city’s endless shopping mall boom

Sculptors under age of 40 on terrace exhibitions across Istanbul


Proje4L Contemporary Art Museum opens the summer with Terrace Exhibitions, which focus on the sculptures of artists younger than 40-years-old


Stagnation of Istanbul canal project causes plan changes in third airport

Hurriyet Daily News

The third airport contractors have begun to work on reducing the initially planned altitude level due to delays in the ambitious Istanbul canal project

Istanbul’s most authentic neighborhoods

Waterside mansions called “yali,” in Istanbul, Turkey on Oct. 28, 2013. Istanbul is best-known among tourists for mosques and bazaars but the city

Among Istanbul’s birdsong lovers, an echo of Greek past

Christian Science Monitor

The sport of finch-keeping for cafe contests, where birds are ranked on the quality and quantity of their melodies, has its roots in Istanbul’s multi-ethnic

Istanbul’s Open-Air Studio

The Majalla Magazine

Boyacioglu, a Turkish filmmaker trained at the School of Visual Arts in New York, was discussing the shifting landscapes of her home city of Istanbul .

Breathtaking Istanbul

The Star Online

The exotic city of Istanbul, brimming with culture and history, traces its roots back as the capital of four different empires, from the time of .

Historic Sultanahmet lane rented out for hotel complex


Soğukçeşme Street has been rented out to a local business group, with the goal of turning it into a luxury hotel hub

Syrian refugees find shelter in Istanbul neighborhood abandoned due to urban renewal project


Tens of thousands of Syrian refugees fleeing the chaos in their homeland have arrived in Istanbul during the last year looking for abandoned areas in the city to settle in

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Eurosphere agenda: “Green light for Juncker

In Uncategorized on June 27, 2014 at 13:51


The EU’s heads of state and government plan to nominate Jean-Claude Juncker as European Commission president today, Friday, despite the UK’s opposition to the move. This will be the first time that the European Council is not unanimous in its decision on who takes this top post. Some commentators see Juncker’s nomination as strengthening the European Parliament and its voters. Others fear it will only widen the rift between the EU and its citizens

Arguments for and against Juncker

Arguments for and against Luxembourg’s Juncker

Far-right parties from the Netherlands and France have failed to form an anti-European Union parliamentary group in the European Parliament, Dutch Freedom Party leader Geert Wilders said in a statement late on Monday.


The French Front National and the Dutch PVV have failed to meet Tuesday’s deadline for forming a far-right group in the European Parliament. That comes as no surprise since radical positions don’t lend themselves to cooperation, some commentators write. Others lament that Europe will now remain without a strong opposition voice.

The economic rationale for poorer countries joining the eurozone was that it would hasten economic convergence between themselves and the richer members of the currency union. They would benefit from a stable macroeconomic environment and more trade and inward investment. And Portugal aside, there was some convergence in the early years of the single currency. But this went into reverse in 2008 and by 2013 the poorer members of the currency union were no better off relative to the EU-15 average than they had been in 1999. Worse still, they have been overtaken by a number of the 2004’s EU intake, who in 1999 had been much poorer. Has the euro become a mechanism for divergence? If so, what are the implications for growth across the eurozone as a whole and for the case for joining?

MAIN FOCUS: EU sets its bearings at Ypres summit | 26/06/2014


A month after the European elections, the European heads of state and government will meet today in the Belgian town of Ypres to set the course for EU policy over the next five years. Jean-Claude Juncker looks set to be nominated European Commission president on Friday. Commentators fear this decision will lead to Britain exiting the Union, and call on the politicians to develop true visions for the future of the EU.


Juncker: The first European Commission President we can get rid of

Ideas on Europe by Ronny Patz

The news today reported that both Sweden and the Netherlands – i.e. their prime ministers – have dropped their previous opposition to Jean-Claude Juncker to becoming European Commission President.

This pretty much means that Juncker will get the first EU top job nomination at the European Council meeting tomorrow and after-tomorrow, as only Cameron (UK) and Orban (Hungary) remain opposed to him


MAIN FOCUS: Socialists back Juncker | 23/06/2014


At a meeting in Paris on Saturday the EU’s leading Social Democrats agreed to back Jean-Claude Juncker for the post of European Commission president. In return they want top EU posts and a relaxing of the Stability Pact. Commentators see this as a victory for Angela Merkel and believe it will further weaken the British government.


Meet Britain First: the UK’s fastest growing far right group

open Democracy News Analysis – by Matthew Collins

A child of the BNP and the EDL, Britain First has shifted the glare of bigots from race war to faith war. Meet the man behind the fastest growing far right movement in Britain, and find out what makes him tick.

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New photo from Facebook June 27, 2014 at 02:12PM

In Uncategorized on June 27, 2014 at 13:22

Seçim kampanyaları başladı. via @onderabay via Facebook Pages

New photo from Facebook June 27, 2014 at 12:35PM

In Uncategorized on June 27, 2014 at 11:38

Nem çok. via @Elife_karaaslan via Facebook Pages

New photo from Facebook June 26, 2014 at 06:29PM

In Uncategorized on June 26, 2014 at 18:12

Sık sık fikir değiştirmek adetimdir via @zamancomtr via Facebook Pages

2014 versiyonu: İnfografik: Üniversite öğrencileri ve Akıllı Telefonları #PUB204 @frknmnks

In Uncategorized on June 26, 2014 at 17:54


Geçen yıl başladığımız olaya bu yıl da biraz değişiklik yaparak devam ettik Furkan Menekşe ile. Örneklemimiz İstanbul Bilgi Üniversitesi Halkla İlişkiler Bölümü’nde verdiğim Dijital Kültürler (PUB 204) dersini alan öğrenciler… Buyrun, fazla da bilimsellik aramayın lütfen;)

(Uni)Telefon kullanım

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