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New photo from Facebook October 16, 2017 at 03:27PM

In Uncategorized on October 16, 2017 at 14:46

The Seda Larung Wuming Buddhist Institute by Jing Wei, via Reddit. via Facebook Pages http://ift.tt/1heKubC
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A Global Voices piece: “omical Unintended Consequences of Turkish President Erdogan’s State Visit to Serbia…

In Uncategorized on October 16, 2017 at 10:26

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Screenshot of satirical “news” entitled ““In honour of Erdoğan’s visit, 17 journalists were arrested today” by Njuz.net, a Serbian website similar to Onion.com.

New York Times – Patrick Kingsley – Oct 14, 2:00 AM

The conversations caught on wiretaps planted by the Turkish police are alleged to show a conspiracy to help Iran skirt American sanctions by trading gold for gas. The recordings also suggest that the plotters aimed to please one man: Recep Tayyip

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Eight human rights defenders, among them Amnesty International’s Turkey director İdil Eser, were detained on 5 July while attending a workshop at Büyükada island in Turkey. They were there with two international trainers from

New York Times – The Editorial Board – Oct 13, 6:39 PM

Turkey has been a vital ally of the United States since World War II. It fields NATO’s second-largest army, after America’s, and anchors the alliance’s eastern flank. It hosts military bases that are central to American operations in the Middle

Why a New York Court Case Has Rattled Turkey’s President

The Turkish government has dismissed telephone recordings as fabrications concocted by treasonous adversaries. But United States prosecutors have taken a different view.

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New photo from Facebook October 16, 2017 at 10:46AM

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#anthropology roundup: “Learning to Trust Machines That Learn….

In Uncategorized on October 15, 2017 at 15:42

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Learning to Trust Machines That Learn

Imagine lying on a hospital bed. Doctors with grave expressions hover. One leans down to tell you that you are terribly sick and says they recommend a risky procedure as your best hope. You ask them to explain what’s going on. They cannot. Your trust in the doctors ebbs away.

Replace the doctors with a computer program and you more or less have the state of artificial intelligence (AI) today. Technology increasingly insinuates itself into our lives, affecting the decisions we make and the decisions others make for us. More and more, we give computers responsibility and autonomy to decide on life-changing events. If your hospital bed happens to be in the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, for example, your oncologist might have asked IBM’s Watson for advice. Watson is a computer system that can answer questions posed in everyday language, most famously using its skills to win the TV quiz show Jeopardy! in 2011.

White supremacists surrounded counterprotesters at the University of Virginia campus on August 11. Shay Horse /Associated Press

In memory: Anthropologist Sinoto’s work key to understanding Polynesian migration


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In memory: Anthropologist Sinoto’s work key to understanding Polynesian migration
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Internationally renowned anthropologist Yoshihiko Sinoto, whose archaeological work spanned more than 60 years and provided the basis for understanding the Polynesian migration, died Wednesday of natural causes at age 93. “He was a giant in the field …

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New photo from Facebook October 15, 2017 at 03:48PM

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Cats and academia in Turkey…

In Uncategorized on October 14, 2017 at 16:37

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It all started with a Twitter message:

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New photo from Facebook October 14, 2017 at 03:54PM

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Towards the trial: “The man (Reza Zarrab) at the crux the of U.S.-Turkey dispute is about to go on trial

In Uncategorized on October 14, 2017 at 15:57

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Washington Post – Oct 12

At the center of the increasingly bitter dispute between the United States and Turkey is a demand by an irate President Recep Tayyip Erdogan that American prosecutors free a Turkish-Iranian gold dealer who is about to go on trial on

hrw.org – Oct 11, 9:01 PM

(Istanbul) – People in Turkey accused of links with terrorism or with the 2016 military coup attempt have been tortured in police custody, while others have been abducted, amidst growing evidence of detention abuses, Human Rights Watch said

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The Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard and the New York City-based Turkish Philanthropy Funds (TPF) today announced the launch of the Robert L. Long Nieman Fellowship to support the work of exceptional Turkish journalists.

A photograph of Kadri Gursel, a prominent journalist, embracing his wife after his release has come to stand for freedom.
amnesty.org – Oct 12, 9:31 AM

One hundred days after their wrongful arrest, Amnesty International is leading a global demand for the immediate and unconditional release of 11 prominent human rights defenders in Turkey. Ten activists, including İdil Eser, the Director of

 

hrw.org – Oct 11, 9:01 PM

(Istanbul) – People in Turkey accused of links with terrorism or with the 2016 military coup attempt have been tortured in police custody, while others have been abducted, amidst growing evidence of detention abuses, Human Rights Watch said

 

A Turkish court sentenced Wall Street Journal reporter Ayla Albayrak to two years and one month in prison Tuesday, declaring her guilty of engaging in terrorist propaganda in support of a banned Kurdish separatist organization through one of her Journal articles. The conviction of Ms. Albayrak, who is currently in New York, highlights the increasing targeting of journalists in Turkey, where President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s government has gained attention for deteriorating media freedoms. 

Turkish legal actions against Ms. Albayrak began after the publication on Aug. 19, 2015, on the Journal’s website of her article “Urban Warfare Escalates in Turkey’s Kurdish-Majority Southeast.” 
President Erdoğan has spoken about the law draft to grant the muftis to perform marriage, and HDP MPs.

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#europe agenda: meet “Captain Europe”… “Map of separatist support in Europe….

In Uncategorized on October 14, 2017 at 14:07

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I know that this doesn’t strictly have anything to do with tech — except for the social media presence — but trust me, you’ll want to know more about this. While scrolling through Twitter, on the prowl for stories on EU tech regulations (I’m the fun guy at the office), I came across the profile of none other than Europe’s only real-life superhero: Captain Europe. Donning a renaissance style garb — gold-and-blue hat and mask along with a cape made of the European flag — Captain Europe goes around the continent spreading his message of unity and the European partnership.…
Map of separatist support in Europe

Compiled by redditor bezzleford, this map offers a rough view of support for independence in various European regions. Scotland and Catalonia are well-known hotspots, but I didn’t know about Sardinia or Venice. And, of course, there’s the good old Serb Republic!

Catalonia: Spain issues deadline to separatists

Madrid gives Catalonia’s leader five days to clarify whether or not he has declared independence.
Spain threatened today (11 October) to suspend Catalonia’s autonomy if it follows through on its threat to break away as an independent country.

A woman rebukes the National Police during the Catalan referendum, on October 1st 2017. Photo by Vicens Forner Puig, with with permission.

Catalonia independence: Huge Spain unity rally in Barcelona

At least 350,000 people protest against secession amid speculation Catalan leaders may declare independence.

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#journalism agenda: “The Robert L. Long Nieman Fellowship for Turkish journalists established at Harvard University

In Uncategorized on October 13, 2017 at 16:12

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The Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard and the New York City-based Turkish Philanthropy Funds (TPF) today announced the launch of the Robert L. Long Nieman Fellowship to support the work of exceptional Turkish journalists. Applications for

Wall Street Journal – Thomas Grove – Oct 10, 12:25 PM

A Turkish court sentenced Wall Street Journal reporter Ayla Albayrak to two years and one month in prison Tuesday, declaring her guilty of engaging in terrorist propaganda in support of a banned Kurdish separatist organization through one of her

Journalism is going through a moment of self-reckoning. News organizations around the world are trying to repair or improve readers’ perceptions of their work, while also trying to figure out how to make real money sustainably while playing on Facebook and Google’s turf (and not just to stem print losses).

So they focus increasingly on the individual loyal reader.

 

News organisations should track these trends methodically to be better equipped for the future

Who works in America’s newsrooms?

Over the course of two decades, the American Society of News Editors (ASNE) has compiled a national view of gender and race breakdowns of U.S. journalists. The newly released 2017 data helps us understand who is working in America’s newsrooms, and provides a unique insight into how the industry reflects—or struggles to reflect—the population it serves.

The Google News Lab supports inclusive reporting, and for the first time, has partnered with ASNE on their annual Newsroom Employment Diversity Survey. Working with design studio Polygraph, we helped ASNE create a data visualization to show how hundreds of newsrooms across the U.S. have changed since 2001.

Many newsrooms around the world are lagging when it comes to new tech and a digital-first mindset

How far along are newsrooms when it comes to training their reporters to navigate a news ecosystem where people are accessing content via a wide variety of new channels? And how far along are organizations when it comes to truly thinking digital-first?

6 types of collaborations between news organisations and their benefits and challenges

A report published today by the Center for Cooperative Media looks at examples of different editorial partnerships, as well as the benefits and tensions they present

The state of data journalism in 2017

Data journalism has been a big focus for us at the Google News Lab over the past three years—in building tools, creating content and sharing data with the data journalism community. We wanted to see if we’re taking the right approach: how big is data journalism, what challenges do data journalists face and how is it going to change?

Up until today, we really haven’t had clear answers to those questions. So, in collaboration with PolicyViz, we conducted a series of in-depth qualitative interviews and an online survey to better understand how journalists use data to tell stories. We conducted 56 detailed in-person interviews with journalists in the U.S., UK, Germany and France and an online survey of more than 900 journalists. Our analysis offers a glimpse into the state of data journalism in 2017 and highlights key challenges for the field moving forward.

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