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A report by Center for American Progress: “Turkey’s Digital Divides” by Max Hoffman

In Uncategorized on June 30, 2016 at 17:33

TurkeyInternet report.pdf


“Turkey is emblematic of the promise of the digital revolution that is now sweeping through similarly emerging middle-income democracies around the world. Yet its approach to expanding internet penetration is shaped by its own set of political and social conditions. Wider internet access and use could contribute to a more dynamic Turkish economy that is driven by greater online competition and entrepreneurship. Turkey could likewise provide more efficient, responsive government services to more of its citizens by harnessing information and telecommunications technologies. But the efforts to reap these rewards are hindered by wide disparities in internet access and online literacy, as well as by very different customs that divide men and women, the old and the young, and urban and rural citizens. These divides are evident in the nation’s digital disparities and have roots in the country’s recent political history and social norms. At first glance, Turkey’s rapid but uneven economic development over the past several decades—with all of the accompanying social fissures—is akin to the experiences of other developing nations such as Albania, Chile, or Brazil. And Turkey, like other emerging middleincome democracies, is grappling with the need to privatize the internet and communications industries, which are often powerful political players with deep ties to ruling parties and with little interest in fostering serious online competition….

You can download the 37-page report here

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Death toll rises to 43… #IstanbulAirportAttack

In Uncategorized on June 30, 2016 at 16:30

The death toll in a suspected Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) attack at Istanbul’s Atatürk Airport has risen to 43, Turkish Interior Minister Efkan Ala announced on June 30
President Erdoğan urged the west to make this a turning point in the fight against terrorism. It is unclear how he wants to solve Turkey’s specific problems
Turkey airport attack aftermath – in pictures

Turkey declares a day of mourning after 41 people were killed in suicide attackson Istanbul’s Atatürk airport, the deadliest and most high-profile in a string of killings and explosions that have shaken the country this year

Istanbul attack: victims and their stories

Among the victims in Turkey were a doting father and a man who had been delighted to get a job at airport just last month

Officials have blamed the Islamic State for the attack in which dozens were killed, and raids and arrests have been carried out across the country.
A total of 19 foreign nationals were killed in the suspected Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) suicide bomb attack at Istanbul’s Atatürk Airport on June 28, Turkish Interior Minister Efkan Ala has announced
At least 41 people were killed and 239 others were injured when suspected Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) militants attacked Istanbul’s Atatürk Airport late on June 28

Erdogan in His Labyrinth

Turkey’s descent into violence is of Erdogan’s own creation. The airport attack was in many ways a bloodbath foretold.
The United States is moving toward permanently banning families from accompanying U.S. military and civilian personnel in Turkey, reflecting worsening security conditions there, two U.S. defense sources said on June 29

Obama Offers Condolences to Turkey

President Obama said on Wednesday that he had spoken with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey and had reaffirmed the United States’ commitment to fighting the Islamic State.

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Şebnem Korur Fincancı, Erol Önderoğlu Released…

In Uncategorized on June 30, 2016 at 16:11

Şebnem Korur Fincancı and Erol Önderoğlu have been released…
Hopefully Ahmet Nesil will be released soon, too.

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#IstanbulAirportAttack Not surprising: Turkish authorities block Twitter, Facebook and Google Play (at least)

In Uncategorized on June 29, 2016 at 17:24

If you need to download a VPN application, you cannot, because so cunning authorities also blocked Google Play Market…

Turkey Blocks News Sites, Twitter, Facebook After Deadly Attack

Once again, Turkey’s government has cracked down on media after a terror attack

Islamic State behind Istanbul airport attack | The daily briefing

Turkey airport attack kills at least 41; European position on Brexit hardens; Kerry raises prospect of a ‘walk back’ and the Benghazi report explained

Istanbul Atatürk airport attack: Turkey declares day of mourning

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan says attack in which 41 people died should mark turning point in global fight against terrorism

Turkey has declared a day of national mourning after 41 people were killed in suicide attack on Istanbul’s main airport, and the president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, called on the international community to make the attack a turning point in the global fight against terrorism.

NEWS ANALYSIS: Another terror attack shook Turkey late on June 28, just as the country has launched a multifaceted diplomatic move to mend its broken ties with both Israel and Russia following major disputes

Aftermath of Istanbul Airport Blasts

Video shared on social media shows the aftermath of two explosions that rocked Istanbul’s main airport on Tuesday.

Scenes from Atatürk airport after explosions kill at least 36 – video

Turkish emergency services help wounded people outside Istanbul’s Atatürk airport on Tuesday evening after a series of blasts left at least 41 people dead and scores more injured. Officials have blamed the attack on the Islamic State terror group

Series of deadly explosions tear through crowds at Atatürk international airport on Tuesday evening, leaving up to 50 dead and many more injured in attack officials blame on Islamic State

Prime Minister Yıldırım has proclaimed that the attack launched on the Atatürk Airport last night was carried out by three suicide bombers and that 36 people have lost their lives.

Victims in Istanbul Airport Attack Reflect City’s International Character

Hours after the bombings, a limited number of flights resumed and workers continued clearing debris and replacing shattered windows at the airport.

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New photo from Facebook June 28, 2016 at 06:40PM

In Uncategorized on June 28, 2016 at 17:55

Nükleer felaketten 5 yıl sonra Fukushima… via Reddit. via Facebook Pages

New photo from Facebook June 28, 2016 at 05:54PM

In Uncategorized on June 28, 2016 at 17:09

Kabus. via Facebook Pages

After years of personal show off, Turkey under strain moves to relax relations with Israel and Russia…

In Uncategorized on June 28, 2016 at 15:55

Turkey ‘sorry for downing Russian jet’

Turkish President Erdogan apologises for downing of Russian jet on the Turkey-Syria border in November, Moscow says
Erdoğan has apologised for downing of Russian jet, Kremlin says

Statement cites Turkish president as saying Ankara ‘never had the desire and the intention’ to down warplane

The same day Turkey announced a rapprochement with Israel, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan expressed regret about the downing of a Russian warplane last year.
According to the statement issued by Kremlin, President Erdoğan wrote to Russian Leader Putin and apologized for shooting down Russian warplane.
It was almost clear last week that Turkey and Israel were likely to reach a deal to normalize their relations on June 26
Erdoğan: Turkish ties with Russia to normalise ‘rapidly’ – video

Ankara will normalise relations with Moscow “rapidly”, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan says on Monday after expressing regret over the downing of a Russian warplane last year. A spokesman for the Kremlin says the Turkish premier had apologised for the shooting down of a Russian jet over Turkish airspace, however, Edogan made no reference to an apology in his speech in Ankara on Monday night


Israel will pay $20 million to families of activists killed during an Israeli raid and will allow aid to enter Gaza, but the bodies of two Israeli soldiers will not be returned.
Israel and Turkey end rift over Gaza flotilla killings

Israel and Turkey normalise relations, ending a six-year rift over the killing by Israeli troops of 10 Turkish activists on a Gaza-bound ship.
Israel and Turkey Agree to Resume Full Diplomatic Ties

The two countries, once close regional allies, fell out after a deadly confrontation in 2010. They are scheduled to announce a deal to resume relations in Rome on Monday.
Israel and Turkey have reached an agreement to normalize relations after six years of strained ties a senior Israeli official told reporters, according to Reuters
In yet another show of improving diplomatic relations, Turkey’s ruling party has invited Israel’s top diplomat based in Ankara to a traditional iftar (fast-breaking) dinner to be hosted for the diplomatic community in the capital city
The top spies of Israel and Turkey met some 10 days before a possible announcement of a settlement on June 26 to discuss the details of the deal, Israeli daily Haaretz reported on June 26
The Istanbul-based Foundation for Human Rights and Freedoms and Humanitarian Relief (İHH), which organized the 2010 flotilla to Gaza, has declared its clear objection to on imminent agreement between Turkey and Israel expected to be announced on June 26

How Erdogan’s personal ambitions impact war in Turkey’s southeast
“Erdogan has chosen a strategy of polarization and conflict promotion as a way of consolidating his position,” Ilter Turan, a retired professor of politics at Istanbul Bilgi University, told Al-Monitor. For the past 18 months, Erdogan has increasingly .


The Turks are enjoying Brexit a lot. To tell the truth, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is right to point out that British Prime Minister Cameron lost his EU bid and lost his country’s EU membership after claiming that Turkey was so far from EU membership that it wouldn’t join until the year 3000
The Turkish government has called on the European Union to be “more sensible” in ongoing negotiations over granting visa liberalization to its citizens following Brexit, repeating that it was committed to fulfilling all required criteria
Ankara has criticized Pope Francis’ description of the mass killing of Ottoman Armenians in 1915 as genocide, saying it shows his “unconditional commitment to the Armenian narrative”

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#Brexit roundup: “Merkel says ‘no need to be nasty’ in leaving talks…

In Uncategorized on June 28, 2016 at 14:49

When will it happen? Will it break up the UK? We take a look at six key questions following the UK’s shock exit from the EU
There was an eventful session in the European Parliament as politicians expressed their sadness and anger at Britain’s decision to leave the EU.
Brexit will end EU investment in the UK

A major contributor to the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI) and the main beneficiary of the Juncker Plan, a post-Brexit United Kingdom will have to learn to live without EU investment
English will indeed stay an official language of the European Union when the UK leaves the bloc, according to the Commission’s Representation in Ireland, refuting the claims of a senior MEP.
Jean-Claude Juncker sparred with Nigel Farage this morning, calling the UKIP leader a liar and insisting he not return to the European Parliament.
Brexit: Frequently Asked Questions

Following the vote for the UK to leave the European Union, some Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on the future of UK-EU relations in the referendum aftermath:

Brexit: reactions in Central and Eastern Europe

The British vote to leave the European Union on Wednesday 23rd June sent shock waves throughout the Member States and is proving particularly costly for the Eastern countries that joined the EU in the last enlargement rounds (2004, 2007, 2013).

Early negotiating positions staked out as Europe reacts to Brexit

Brexit: Merkel says ‘no need to be nasty’ in leaving talks

German Chancellor Angela Merkel says the EU has “no need to be particularly nasty in any way” in the negotiations with Britain about its exit from the bloc

The Caribbean Considers the Ripple Effects of Brexit

“Brexit—How the vote went in the end”. Photo by Flickr user Mick Baker, CC 2.0.

The startling results of Brexit, the UK’s referendum about whether or not to remain part of the European Union, has left not only Britons and their fellow Europeans — but also the rest of the world — in complete shock. The June 22 vote resulted in 51.9 percent of the UK voting to leave, and 48.1 percent voting to remain.

Europe After Brexit

After 43 years of EU membership, Britain has decided to retreat into itself, proving that Britons, despite their reputation for pragmatism, are far from exempt from voting against their own interests. The question is whether the rest of the EU can resist the decidedly un-pragmatic forces the Brexit vote is sure to unleash.


Reports of racist unrest in post-Brexit UK

Police in London confirmed Sunday (26 June) they were investigating “racially motivated” damage to a Polish cultural centre, in the wake of Britain’s Brexit vote, as other citizens used social media to self-report incidents of racist abuse

Northern Ireland voted to Remain in the EU, and now, even Unionists are applying for Irish passports…

Spain is coming for Gibraltar after Brexit, just like it said it would

LONDON — Spain warned us this would happen.

As the votes rolled in for the U.K.’s European Union referendum, newspapers scrambled to get the historic “Leave” decision into their print pages on Friday.

Don’t do it. I know what you’re thinking. But don’t do it. Leave your phone in your pocket at the polling station. Just leave it there until you’re out.

The desire to commemorate the moment is strong, to banish the weeks of deafening hysteria on every flickering screen, posting the act of catharsis on Instagram, basking in the post-referendum glow of democracy in action. But then you can expect a £5,000 fine for breaching electoral law. Or half a year in prison. Sorry about that.

Balkan Right-Wing Populists Gloat over #Brexit

To illustrate schadenfreude — pleasure derived from misfortune of others — Wikipedia used the painting “Taming the Donkey,” by Eduardo Zamacois y Zabala (1868), in which a group of monks laughs while the lone monk struggles with the donkey. (Public Domain).

In the wake of England’s vote to leave the EU, the glue keeping Scotland in the UK is rapidly dissolving.

Daily Record, 25 June 2016, fair use

The decision by UK voters to leave the EU is such a glaring repudiation of the wisdom and relevance of elite political and media institutions that – for once – their failures have become a prominent part of the storyline. Media reaction to the Brexit vote falls into two general categories: (1) earnest, candid attempts to understand what motivated voters to make this choice, even if that means indicting one’s own establishment circles, and (2) petulant, self-serving, simple-minded attacks on disobedient pro-leave voters for being primitive, xenophobic bigots (and stupid to boot), all to evade any reckoning with their own responsibility. Virtually every reaction that falls into the former category emphasizes the profound failures of western establishment factions; these institutions have spawned pervasive misery and inequality, only to spew condescending scorn at their victims when they object.

Markets blip, social media screams, investors get spooked, and the cycle continues. The post Brexit Is Sending Markets Diving.

What Brexit means for tech in Europe and the UK

Since the UK voted to leave the EU this morning, a lot has happened: the value of the British Pound has plunged, as has the price of oil; Prime Minister David Cameron has resigned;

How To Make Sense Of The Brexit Turmoil

OK, so now what?

Britons shocked the world on Thursday by voting narrowly but decisively to leave the European Union.


Charlie Stross is in excellent form this morning about the likely outcomes from last night’s Brexit vote, hitting all the highlights: collapse of the finance sector when Euro-denominated derivatives trades relocate to an EU state; collapse of the London property market (a big deal as 40% of the UK’s national wealth is property in the southeast);

Perhaps Britain won’t leave the EU after all?

Perhaps it’s just wishful thinking or the social media filter bubble I’m in, but there seems to be a more-than-zero chance that Britain won’t actually leave the European Union, despite last Thursday’s vote. For one thing, as I mentioned inmy Friday AM post about Brexit, the vote is not legally binding. The Prime Minister needs to invoke Article 50 of the Treaty on European Union, which has not happened yet.

Brexit to Grexit?

Greece has the EU’s most fragile economy and there are fears now that Brexit could lead to Grexit, Richard Galpin reports from Athens.

Stop sneering at Leave voters. They knew exactly what they were doing.

People voted to leave the EU because they know that their politics is broken. It’s time to fix it.

By Mick Garratt, CC BY-SA 2.0.

And so it begins. First, the wailing and the gnashing of teeth and then, the reproaches and the recriminations. It was an act of self-sabotage, a feat of blinding ignorance, a classic case of those unwashed masses not quite knowing what’s good for them.

Parliament: No deal for a new EU-UK relationship before Brexit activation

In an effort to protect EU’s integrity, European Parliament party leaders have urged David Cameron to fully respect the British citizens’ will and “immediately” activate Article 50 of the Treaty to start Britain’s EU withdrawal process.

UK’s EU Commissioner quits after Brexit vote

Jonathan Hill, the UK Commissioner in charge of financial services, has announced his resignation on Saturday (25 June), apparently bowing to growing pressure from the European Parliament following Britain’s decision to leave the EU.

Spain votes in general election, amid post-Brexit chaos

Just days after a shock Brexit, Spaniards were voting on Sunday in repeat elections to decide if they too want a radical change as promised by a far-left coalition led by Podemos.

Brexit: Heartbroken, But Not Broken

Brexit? London, UK 2016. PHOTO: Tomek Nacho (CC BY-ND 2.0)

Newspaper front pages about Brexit

Buzzfeed has a collection of newspaper front pages and magazine covers related to Brexit. Newseum has a more extensive collection (900+ newspapers) and the Guardian has a nice selection as well.

LONDON — A petition calling for the UK to hold a second referendum on membership in the European Union surpassed 1.3 million signatures on Saturday, in the wake of Britain’s vote to leave the 28-member bloc.

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Cyberculture agenda: “Timeline: The rise of bitcoin”…

In Uncategorized on June 27, 2016 at 16:24

Timeline: The rise of bitcoin

A look at the history of bitcoin, the world’s newest and potentially most powerful currency.

The FBI has “hundreds of millions of dollars” to spend on developing technology for use in both national security and domestic law enforcement investigations — but it won’t reveal the exact amount.

4 ways gamification is advancing cybersecurity

There’s no doubt that the cybersecurity industry is in dire straits. Each year, data breaches are growing in size, numbers and severity while the cybersecurity talent gap is widening and there aren’t enough experts to fill vacant posts. And with internet-based services encroaching over every aspect of our lives and tasks, new vulnerabilities are sprouting every day, providing malicious actors with new possibilities and attack vectors to carry out their evil deeds. Every person, every connected device and every piece of software running on the network can become an exploit opportunity, and there’s only so much that can be done…
Political campaigns can be refined by the analysis of “big data” to analyse and target voters. The challenge is knowing how best to use the data, said Guillaume Liegey.

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New photo from Facebook June 26, 2016 at 06:52PM

In Uncategorized on June 26, 2016 at 18:09

Renk korkusu… #Pride2016 via Facebook Pages