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Recently quoted in and in a Doğan News Agency item

In Uncategorized on March 31, 2018 at 13:04

Cansel Kirazlı from DHA recently interviewed me and Ramazan Subaşı on Facebook’s Cambridge Analytica crisis. News in Turkish here. The chosen photo is fantastic. We were interviewed in my office. Me, at the back, answering my emails…

In another case, I was quoted in a piece on Aktrolls in a piece in Vice’s French pages here.

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The story of an iconic newsboy photo in Istanbul

In Uncategorized on March 30, 2018 at 13:14

Hürriyet daily found out the story of this photo. It was taken in 1958 in Küçükayasofya, Istanbul by a veteran Turkish press photographer, Hilmi Şahenk, who passed away back in 1972. Hayrettin Baş saw his own childhood photo in Hürriyet and realized it was him. The whole story in Turkish here

He posed again at the same street:


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A National Geographic piece asks “Will Istanbul’s Massive New Canal Be an Environmental Disaster?…

In Uncategorized on March 29, 2018 at 12:17

Will Istanbul’s Massive New Canal Be an Environmental Disaster?

IstanbulOn a bluff overlooking the Sazlıdere Dam just west of Istanbul, a bust of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, modern Turkey’s founder, is accompanied by a quote: “The villager is the true master of the nation.” But the villagers here know little of what the government plans for them, except that they will not be

The survival of historical structures against time and quakes

Istanbul’s world known historical structures are being reinforced against future earthquakes thanks to works initiated by the Culture and Tourism Ministry over the last 10 years
Checks for asbestos, which is considered carcinogenic material by the World Health Organization, is only obligatory in seven of the Istanbul districts ahead of demolition works, experts have warned.

Istanbul continues to slide down Mercer Quality of Living Survey

Istanbul has continued its slide down the annual Mercer Quality of Living Survey, with the latest report released on March 20 citing “severe political turmoil in Turkey.” Istanbul ranked 134th on the Mercer 20th Quality of Living Survey, down one place from last year’s ranking and 12 places down from the

How European is Istanbul?

Europe and Turkey have a lot in common. Istanbul for one. The metropolis of 15 million is not merely geographically part of Europe. A foray through the city of contrasts. A young woman poses on a roof overlooking Istanbul (Rena Effendi)

Freelancing abroad: Istanbul through the eyes of Pesha Magid

“Freelancing abroad” is a new IJNet series that explores the lives of freelance journalists who have relocated abroad. When she first arrived in Istanbul, Turkey, American journalist Pesha Magid reached out to journalists she was following on Twitter to form her new network. “They were incredibly warm

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#Journalism agenda: “The key role slow journalism plays in the 24/7 digital news cycle…

In Uncategorized on March 29, 2018 at 11:32

Rob Orchard, editor, Delayed Gratification, explains why being ‘last to breaking news’ can often help readers better understand the world around them

While Facebook continues its apology tour — including making a full-page statement in print — news organizations might not want to get too comfortable, thanks to online tracking-based advertising. Doc Searls shared some thoughts on what he sees as the hypocrisy of news organizations covering Facebook’s data privacy debacle as their own sites harvest data on visitors:

In the immediate aftermath of newsworthy incidents, the debunking of fakes now takes up a much larger part of verification work compared to when I first started in the field in mid-2011. Only a few years ago, most of the unreliable information seemed to come from people making mischief or trying to show that they were in the know. Now, systematic manipulation of online information appears to be widespread.

Two years, two dozen experiments, one Brexit and one U.S. presidential election, and hundreds of thousands of readers later, the Guardian Mobile Innovation Lab has wrapped up its work on improving news delivery on smartphones.

It’s examined better formats for push notifications, a web player for podcasts, offline news reading experiences, live polling, and article formats that automatically adjust to readers’ past reading behaviors. It’s worked in public, from setting up the initial questions and problems to gathering user feedback on each project. It’s also deliberately centered its work around off-platform experiences publishers can more easily own — no “how to make good AMP stories” here (platform representatives were invited, but none apparently showed).

Philanthropic foundations are interested in tackling the fake news problem — but where do they put their money? When the Hewlett Foundation — the philanthropy founded by the Hewlett family of Hewlett-Packard fame — started looking at how it could get involved after the 2016 presidential election, it found most money was either going “upstream” or “downstream” rather than midstream.

Google announces a $300M ‘Google News Initiative’ (though this isn’t about giving out grants directly to newsrooms, like it does in Europe)

NEW YORK — Google said Tuesday it’s committing $300 million over three years towards various products and initiatives intended to help news publishers and sweeten Google’s relationships with them, as part of an umbrella initiative it’s calling the Google News Initiative.

The name recalls Google’s Digital News Initiative, through which the company gives out €150 million over three years to “help stimulate innovation in digital journalism” among European publishers. (A round of grants is open for project applications now, by the way.) This Google News Initiative is not that.

YouTube turns to Wikipedia to help debunk conspiracy theories spreading on its platform

For years, YouTube has been plagued with videos that spread hoaxes, hateful speech, and all manner of misinformation. Its latest move to combat that is to display links to Wikipedia articles when you watch conspiracy theory videos, said YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki at SXSW this week. Wired noted that the new Information Cues feature would surface links to Wikipedia pages on videos about things like chemtrails and whether humans have ever landed on the moon. YouTube will first supplement videos that focus on common conspiracy theories floating around the web this way. Every single video on the YouTube trending page…

Why Did Women Journalists Strike in Spain?

Photograph of the march shared publicly by journalist Elisa Piñeiro, used with permission. Sign reads “Journalists on strike.”

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All after the fact… English PEN in its latest report: freedom of expression in jeopardy in Turkey…

In Uncategorized on March 28, 2018 at 10:07

Commenting on operation launched against Boğaziçi University students, Kati Piri from the EP has tweeted, “Anti-war students labeled ‘terrorists’ by President Erdoğan. Critical thinking dangerous endeavor in ‘new Turkey’”.
Turkey and the EU “agreed to accelerate relations” at a high-level summit in Varna on March 26, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has said, while adding it would be “self-deceiving” to say all negativities between Ankara and Brussels have been left behind.

English PEN – Cat Lucas – Mar 27, 7:11 AM

6.30 – 8pm, 28 March 2018 Join English PEN for the launch of our latest report ‘Turkey: freedom of expression in jeopardy’. The report, researched and written by leading experts in the field and internationally recognised advocates

Police have raided homes and dormitories in the wake of Erdoğan addressing the students, who protested those commemorating people who lost their lives in Afrin by distributing Turkish delight in Boğaziçi University, “We will find those students by footage”.
Police on March 25 were holding seven students from Istanbul’s prestigious Boğaziçi University after President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan accused them of behaving like “terrorists” for staging a protest opposing Turkey’s military campaign in Syria.

Internet broadcast law passed in Turkish Parliament amid ‘censorship’ outcry

A law regulating video and audio broadcasts online has been approved in the Turkish Parliament.
The legislation, which is enabling Radio and Television Supreme Council to supervise series, movies and documentaries released by right of broadcasting and license on Internet, has passed in parliament.
The Association of European Journalists – Bulgaria has issued accreditation for 95 jailed journalists from Turkey for the EU-Turkey Leader’s Meeting.
Turkish singer and actress Zuhal Olcay was sentenced to 10 months in jail for “insulting Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan” finalizing an indictment approved by the 46th Criminal Court of Peace, daily Hürriyet reported on March 22.

The European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) announced on March 20 long-awaited judgments on applications filed on behalf of Turkish journalists Şahin Alpay and Mehmet Altan, who were imprisoned following a failed coup attempt in 2016.

Turkey slams UN over human rights report

UN rights office calls for halt to ‘continued deterioration of human rights’ in a report described by Ankara as biased.
The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) on March 20 ruled that the right to liberty and security of journalists Şahin Alpay and Mehmet Altan have been violated.

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New photo from Facebook March 27, 2018 at 05:57PM

In Uncategorized on March 27, 2018 at 17:04

Boston Dynamics robotları. via Reddit. via Facebook Pages

A few good blogs in Turkish with good content…

In Uncategorized on March 27, 2018 at 16:52

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Çizgi Roman


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Yılmaz Vural: A Turkey traveller

In Uncategorized on March 27, 2018 at 10:32

The Turkish Football Clubs Yilmaz Vural Has Coached

I believe he will one day coach the national team, too… Yılmaz Vural in Wikipedia

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New photo from Facebook March 26, 2018 at 04:02PM

In Uncategorized on March 26, 2018 at 15:06

“Metropol” by Anne Marte Markussen. via Reddit. via Facebook Pages

Have a look: “An atlas of real utopias?

In Uncategorized on March 26, 2018 at 14:55

I saw it here

Atlas of Utopias


“Utopia lies at the horizon. When I draw nearer by two steps, it retreats two steps. If I proceed ten steps forward, it swiftly slips ten steps ahead. No matter how far I go, I can never reach it. What, then, is the purpose of utopia? It is to cause us to advance.”
– Eduardo Galeano

The Atlas of Utopias is a global gallery of inspiring community-led transformation in water, energy and housing.

The atlas features 32 communities from 19 countries who responded to the Transformative Cities initiative which seeks to learn from cities working on radical solutions to our world’s systemic economic, social and ecological crises.

The atlas is by no means a comprehensive mapping of transformative practices. Transformation in one area such as water management does not necessarily mean transformative practice elsewhere in the city. Nevertheless, the atlas showcases inspiring stories of communities challenging entrenched power and boldly developing alternatives. These range from small villages in Bolivia to international cities like Paris that have even defeated multinational corporations and hostile national governments in order to deliver democratic, people-powered solutions on water, energy and housing.

The cases show how public solutions based on principles of cooperation and solidarity rather than competition and private profit have been more successful in meeting people’s basic needs – and perhaps just as importantly in creating a spirit of confidence and empowerment that strengthen communities for many other challenges. These initiatives demonstrate in practice that another world is possible, and is already happening.

The Transformative Cities initiative is learning from and with the communities to explore what has been most transformative in terms of power relations and social and ecological justice and the lessons from their experience. Nine cases in particular will be explored in more depth and then in the first half of April the public will be invited to vote on their favorites. The learning will also be turned into publications and different media formats to inspire and assist other communities involved in similar struggles.

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