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What did you expect? “‘They clearly don’t care’: Fact-checkers on the state of misinformation at Facebook #Cyberculture agenda…

In Uncategorized on December 16, 2018 at 03:10

After a deluge of fake news began to overwhelm Facebook, it got proactive. The social media platform tapped bi-partisan organizations, such as Snopes, to fact-check content on the platform and use their expertise to combat the spread of misinformation. Or, that’s what we were led to believe, anyway. “They’ve essentially used us for crisis PR,” said Brooke Binkowski, former managing editor at Snopes, a fact-checking site that partnered with Facebook for two years. “They’re not taking anything seriously. They are more interested in making themselves look good and passing the buck … They clearly don’t care,” she told The Guardian.…
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Google’s Algorithm Isn’t Biased, It’s Just Not Human

Expanding the search algorithm beyond absolute areas like store hours, locations, and historical facts shifted a system

Google CEO Hammered by Members of Congress on China Censorship Plan

Google CEO Sundar Pichai came under fire from lawmakers on Tuesday over the company’s secretive plan to launch a

Facebook’s Dirty Tricks Are Nothing New for Tech

Big tech companies have a history of discrediting critics, forging alliances with adversaries, and deflecting scrutiny to competitors.



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Not much to be proud of: Turkey Still World’s Worst Jailer of Journalists’ [COMMITTEE TO PROTECT JOURNALISTS’ 2018 REPORT:]

In Uncategorized on December 16, 2018 at 02:10

According to a report released by the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), Turkey has become “the world’s worst jailer of journalists” for the third time in 2018. As announced by the CPJ, at least 68 journalists have been behind bars in Turkey.

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Sarah Jessica Parker carried a copy of “Dawn” by Selahattin Demirtaş, a collection of essays written by a leading Kurdish politician in Turkey, who wrote the book while behind bars.


Vogue – Christian Allaire – Dec 13, 1:21 PM

Sarah Jessica Parker is undeniably known for her personal style, given she is best associated with her Carrie Bradshaw days on Sex and the City. But her latest look proves that, sometimes, being cultured is even better than owning the latest It..


Of course, 

No one can lecture Turkey about human rights: Turkey’s Erdoğan

Turkey is not a country where one can find problems regarding democracy and human rights, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan
In 2017, Turkish prosecutors launch 20539 investigations on charges of insulting Erdogan

In 2017, Turkish prosecutors launch 20539 investigations on charges of insulting Erdogan Turkey Purge The number of

Istanbul prosecutor seeks up to 15 years in jail for five Sözcü journalists

An Istanbul prosecutor has sought jail times up to 15 years for five employees of Sözcü, a daily critical of the government, including
One-Person Protest in Gezi Park After 5 Years

Having participated in the Gezi Park protests five years ago, Oruç Karacık has staged a single-person protest by sitting on

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Why Gezi again?

In Uncategorized on December 15, 2018 at 01:40

The easy answer is it is the election time and He and his followers like to have an enemy at this time. There is no need to look for a rationale behind this renewed interest in criminalizing the Gezi resistance. It is a straw man. It is an easy target after more than five years. Many other enemy candidates are already used and it may be a time to recycle Gezi. I could have access to some data science people who prepared reports for the government in the aftermath of Gezi resistance. The government looked hard to find out the culprits, ringleaders. But there were none. If it could only find some, the Gezi trials would immediately start. So there is no need to prove innocence. The judiciary is not independent, it will play to the hands of power games.
In yet another explanation, whether it is elections or not, He and his followers will always look at ways to go after Gezi. The Occupy Gezi is the only moment where He was defeated. We know how revengeful He is. There is no way He will forget this. In fact, there are also some people around who are more than eager to remind him this frequently….

Gezi Investigation Against 600 People in Ankara

Ankara Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office has launched an investigation against 600 people as part of the investigation that was

Turkey seeks arrest of journalist Can Dündar over 2013 Gezi Park protests

Turkish authorities have issued an arrest warrant for journalist Can Dündar as part of an investigation into the 2013 Gezi Park
A Turkish court has ruled for the arrest of actor Mehmet Ali Alabora, who is accused by prosecutors of plotting to overthrow the government during the Gezi Park protests in 2013.

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From #Europe: What do conservatives want? … Haircuts?

In Uncategorized on December 15, 2018 at 01:30


Angela Merkel’s mixed legacy: Open-door policy, rise of far right

As Merkel hands CDU leadership to her successor, analysts say open-door immigration policy has given rise to far right.
German CDU elects Kramp-Karrenbauer as new party leader

Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer will replace Merkel as leader of Germany’s Christian Democratic Union party.

Gilets jaunes: Are nationalists infiltrating the ‘yellow vests’?

Protesters from all sides of the French political spectrum have found a home in the “yellow vest” movement.
Unbelievable protest video shows Paris looking like a war zone

The Facebook-fueled anti-government protests in Paris , which began three weeks ago, starting off with a protest against high

France ‘yellow vest’ protests: Timeline of unrest

So far four people have died and hundreds have been injured during the protests across France.

Yellow vest protests: France’s Édouard Philippe seeks ‘unity’ after unrest

Édouard Philippe renews calls for dialogue after a fourth Saturday of protests marred by violence.

Yellow vest protests ‘economic catastrophe’ for France

Paris has been particularly badly hit, with cars burned, shops looted and major tourist sites closed.

France: Generation Identity, the far right and racist violence

Al Jazeera Investigations goes deep inside anti-immigrant far-right group Generation Identity.

The Power of the Yellow Vest

The Power of the Yellow Vest The New York Times The high-visibility garment that has become synonymous with the French

Haircuts? from funny

People are protesting on the streets of Budapest against the the ruling party. On the national television: "Huge crowd is cheering for Videoton (hungarian football team) on the streets of Budapest"… from europe

Four ways to describe an already very divided Northern Ireland. from europe

Map of communist parties in Europe. from europe



Hyvää itsenäisyyspäivää! from europe


Happy National Day, Finland! from europe




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A massive collaborative journalistic work on Turkey gone [maybe had to be] unmentioned in media in Turkey: “BLACK SITES Turkey”

In Uncategorized on December 14, 2018 at 07:55

BLACK SITES Turkey – Frederik Richter – Dec 6, 7:51 AM

In a near-repeat of the CIA’s ‘extraordinary renditions’, the regime of Turkish president Erdoğan is kidnapping dozens of members of the Gülen movement from around the world. Victims are now raising a serious accusation: secret…

The cooperation

BlackSitesTurkey is a joint cross-border investigation by nine media in eight countries, led by the non-profit newsroom CORRECTIV. You can find all publications listed here.

















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Orhan Pamuk has a new book (Balkon) – another one on #İstanbul- that many might have missed…

In Uncategorized on December 14, 2018 at 05:45

Honestly, I have missed it although I am a Pamuk fan. Maybe because it is a visual work that consists of thousands of Istanbul photos he has taken… I have quickly checked out Amazon and Goodreads links and I could not see many reviews, too. Did anyone check it yet? Orhan Pamuk: Balkon

Istanbul panoramas from the author of My Name Is Red. In the winter of 2011 Nobel Prize–winning Turkish novelist Orhan Pamuk took 8,500 color photographs …
Mar 27, 2018 – Orhan Pamuk has 0 ratings and 0 reviews. Istanbul panoramas from the author of My Name Is RedIn the winter of 2011 Nobel Prize-winning 

Orhan Pamuk’s new photo book captures hometown of Istanbul from distance

Turkish novelist Orhan Pamuk has released a new 467-picture photo book of Istanbul, with shots of the city from a distance capturing the peaking

Case on Nigerian refugee Festus Okey murdered at Istanbul police station reopened after 11 years

The case on the murder of Nigerian refugee Festus Okey at Istanbul’s Beyoğlu police station in 2017 has been reopened after 11 years, with activists
16th Istanbul Biennial unveils title

The 16th Istanbul Biennial’s title and conceptual framework was announced by the curator Nicolas Bourriaud at a press conference on Dec. 11.

The Cartographer of Istanbul

The images in Orhan Pamuk’s new photography book convey “a mood of angst and uncertainty” while underscoring the Turkish Nobel laureate’s .

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Incarcerated nation: “Number of people in Turkish prisons up by 15.7 percent in 2017

In Uncategorized on December 10, 2018 at 16:10

I think I will end up in jail when I return to Turkey. I am getting used to it.

Number of people in Turkish prisons up by 15.7 percent in 2017

The number of people in Turkish prisons increased by 15.7 percent in 2017 up to over 232,000 compared to 2016, according to data released by the Turkish Statistical Institute (TÜİK) on Dec. 5.

Grim situation’ for civil society in Turkey

‘Grim situation’ for civil society in Turkey Ahval Civil society is under sustained assault in Turkey, with the Open Society
[Interview] Inside Erdogan’s torture chambers

A Turkish former Nato official, living in exile in Belgium, tells EUobserver what he and others went through when the Erdogan
HDP Denounces Prison Sentences Given to Demirtaş, Önder

HDP executives have criticized the prison sentences given to the party’s former Co-Chair Demirtaş and former MP Önder:
Former HDP MP Önder turns himself in to authorities after court ruling

Former lawmaker of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) Sırrı Süreyya Önder on Dec. 6 handed himself in to

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From Kızılcaköy, İzmir to French Riots

In Uncategorized on December 9, 2018 at 12:10

This image is from Kızılcaköy, İzmir. Locals are resisting against a geothermal power station project that may give harm to the local environment. The photo is actually taken by Ferdi Uzun from the state-owned agency, Anadolu Ajansı.

In the meantime, Turkish public TV (TRT) correspondents are busy with reporting from French Riots and a Turkish speaking protester catches’em on the action here:

Turkish rulers are writing the book of hypocrisy here. While busy with criminalizing Occupy Gezi, they are praising Yellow Jackets and criticizing police violence there…


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My first take on cryptocurrency cultures

In Uncategorized on December 8, 2018 at 02:40

After the AAA, I was busy with other stuff and I could not write about how our conference took place.

I was meaning to start my presentation with an anectode and I did it:

I owe a lot to my flatmate back in Istanbul, who was an ardent cryptocurrency trader.

As usual, our panel did not get much of an audience but participants were responsive and I got my feedback. Hopefully, a proper draft will be ready by mid-January. It is still early to make a claim (but I am eagerly reading about the field) and I am still working on topics I am more knowledgeable like political trolling (and now finishing up a brief report on fake news on Turkey). I am on my way to attend the Munich workshop as I have previously noted. But I am keen on developing new fields of study for myself. We are working on a book proposal on cryptocurrencies with Anıl (Sayan) that may emerge in a year or so.

Reviewed by: Society for Cultural Anthropology

(6-0415) Technofutures and Cryptofutures

10:15 AM – 12:00 PM



  • Smiljana Antonijevic

    Roskilde University

  • Seung Hee Cho

    Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST)

Erkan Saka

Associate Professor/ Research Scholar
Istanbul Bilgi University/ UC Irvine


  • 10:15 AM – 10:30 AM
    Value creation in cryptocurrencies. A first look at the cryptocurrency circles in Turkey
    Erkan Saka – Istanbul Bilgi University/ UC Irvine
  • 10:30 AM – 10:45 AM
  • 10:45 AM – 11:00 AM
    Rituals of Security and Trust Among Internet Engineers
    Smiljana Antonijevic – Roskilde University
11:00 AM – 11:15 AM
Legacies and Futures of Energy Infrastructure
Seung Hee Cho – Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST)

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Sean Penn in town for a ‘Khashoggi murder documentary’… #journalism agenda

In Uncategorized on December 8, 2018 at 01:25

Sean Penn in town to make a documentary on Khashoggi murder and in order to get access, he is posing with a high-level AKP politician whose party leads a government who is the top journalist jailer in the world… 


Oscar-winner actor pictured filming in front of Saudi consulate, where journalist was murdered, Turkish media says.
Talking to a machine can feel safer as readers do not have to fear judgement or backlash. But there may be hidden dangers in trusting bots too much

Turkey media, between European solidarity and tolerance

The difficult situation of Turkey’s press told by well-known journalists, the effects of European solidarity initiatives, and the prospects for the future. A report of the event “Turkey’s Media Under Siege”, covered by OBCT


Hyperlocal, summaries, perspectives, scrollable video transcript: For the past year, the BBC’s research and development team has been pursuing workable options for mobile storytelling beyond the standard 800-word article. After 35 prototypes (and lots of tapping, swiping, and creating reusable contextual information), the four-person team — including a full-time journalist — has activated at least two new formats in the BBC’s reporting, with more lined up.

Two years in our industry can be the blink of an eye or half an eternity. While news organizations, business models, and viability can explode in a Facebook Watch flash, consumption habits haven’t changed that drastically — yet.

Americans still largely prefer to get their news via video in 2018, in very similar numbers from 2016:

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