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GDPR updates roundup…

In Uncategorized on May 26, 2018 at 15:41

How Europe’s GDPR Regulations Became a Meme

Internet users fed up with flooded inboxes are turning wonky policy changes into Twitter gold.

GDPR: Don’t forget to bring a towel!


What is GDPR? Technology explained

A new EU law that changes how companies use our personal information kicks in on 25 May.

GDPR is finally here, and it’s already chaos

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In the meantime, “Wikipedia publishes open letter to Turkey urging end to access ban…

In Uncategorized on May 26, 2018 at 13:41

Wikipedia is open for improvement by anyone around the world and should be open to editors in Turkey, the Wikimedia Foundation has stated in a letter addressed to the government of Turkey, where the website has been banned for over one year.

No quick solutions for Turkish asylum seekers in Europe

When 28-year-old Turkish journalist Hülya Emeç applied for political asylum in Switzerland this January, she hoped her request would be approved quickly. Five months later, she is not so sure.

“I may have to wait for two more weeks, or two more years,” she said.

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#Europe agenda: “The EU’s Interrogation of Mark Zuckerberg Was a Waste of Everyone’s Time…”Irish abortion referendum: The people travelling #HomeToVote …

In Uncategorized on May 26, 2018 at 10:41

Voters returned home from across the world to cast their ballot in Friday’s historic referendum.

So much internet, so little time. Good on the Internet is our running attempt to highlight things that, in contrast to most of the toxic sludge found online, might actually make you smile.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg appeared before the European Union’s Conference of Presidents on Tuesday for what ended up being a fruitless hearing about the company’s many controversies over the past couple years.

At a hearing in the European Parliament today, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg faced a barrage of questions ranging from privacy concerns to the rise of fake news. But much of Zuckerberg’s replies were similar to what we’ve heard before, and did not add

Mark Zuckerberg will apologize to EU for not taking ‘broad enough view’

You won’t have to wonder much about what Mark Zuckerberg will say when he meets with the European Parliament later on May 22nd. Business Insider has obtained the Facebook chief’s introductory speech, and contrition is clearly the order of the day.

Lib-pop politics: Italy’s new government is more neoliberal than populist

The fear is that populism, Italian style, has achieved power. Butneoliberal policies rule more than ever, tinged with populism, opening the way to Lega’s far-right, racist (and neoliberal) politics.

Offensive liberalism: Emmanuel Macron and the New European Politics

Can President Macron save the EU as a legitimate liberal institution, through a deliberate re-politicisation of European politics? What he attempts also has the potential to destroy it.

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Popular Turkish rapper, Ezhel, arrested for ‘inciting drug use’, #FreeEzhel becomes a TT on Twitter… A judiciary roundup…

In Uncategorized on May 25, 2018 at 21:26

Following rapper Ezhel being arrested on charge of “promoting use of drugs”, hashtag FreeEzhel has become TT on Twitter in Turkey in a short time.
Turkish rapper Ezhel was arrested on May 24 on charges of inciting drug use in some of his songs, according to reports.

Finding Drama in Solitary Confinement

The journalist Can Dundar wrote the book “We Are Arrested” while imprisoned in Turkey. Now, Britain’s Royal Shakespeare Company has turned it into a play.

Turkey Hands Life Sentences to 104 People Over Coup Attempt

Two crucial witnesses turned against fellow defendants and revealed details of the failed effort to overthrow President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in 2016.

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#Cyberculture agenda: A Website -GDPR Hall of Shame…

In Uncategorized on May 25, 2018 at 20:06

And an imgur album:

The „European Union Experience“ thanks to GDPR

Epic Bill Gates e-mail rant from 2003

In 2003 Bill Gates tried to download Microsoft Movie Maker from His confusing, frustrating, futile experience prompted him to write a terrifically scorching email to the managers in charge of the project. It starts off pretty mild, with just a hint of the brutally funny sarcasm to come.


Facebook made a short film about its fight against fake news

Facebook is determined to show that it’s serious about fighting fake news and other forms of misinformation, and it just took an unusual step to get there: it made a short film. The 11-minute Facing Facts video explains the social network’s past and.

Federal judge: Trump violates the Constitution when blocking Twitter users

New York federal judge Naomi Reice Buchwald ruled that president Donald Trump is violating the Constitution when he blocks people on Twitter.

Lawsuit Against President Trump Brought by Twitter Users He Blocked

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#TurkeyElections- “Turkey’s Currency Plunges, Potentially Threatening Erdogan’s Re-Election Bid…

In Uncategorized on May 24, 2018 at 11:46

The president called early elections hoping to get out ahead of economic troubles, but the lira’s dive caught up with him before the June vote
The exchange rate of US Dollar to Turkish Lira, which fell from the level of 4.80 TRY to 4.50 TRY following the Central Bank’s interest rate hike by 300 basis points, has started to rise again after the markets have opened.
Turkey’s Central Bank has sharply increased one of its primary lending rates as it looks to stem the embattled Turkish Lira’s decline.
Emerging Markets Are Worrying Investors, Again

Argentina and now Turkey have been forced to raise interest rates to defend their currencies from growing pressure on emerging markets.
Turkish lira rallies after emergency rate hike

It comes after the currency hit a record low on fears the government will meddle with interest rates.

OSCE to deploy 350 observers for Turkey’s snap election on June 24

The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) is planning to deploy 28 long-term and 350 short-term observers to follow Turkey’s presidential and parliamentary elections on June 24.
Germany is showing a “democracy deficit” by denying Turkish politicians permission to campaign ahead of the June elections, the deputy chairman of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) told a German newspaper on May 23.
Elif Nur Bayram, an 18-year-old senior high school student, has become Turkey’s youngest ever parliamentary nominee, putting forward her candidacy to become an MP for the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP).

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#Europe agenda: “The Art of Europe’s Forgotten Avant-Garde Artists Now Digitized and Put Online…”Six ways Ireland’s abortion referendum could be hacked this week…

In Uncategorized on May 24, 2018 at 09:46

Economically depleted but filled with the desire to pose questions about the future in radically new ways, postwar Europe would prove fertile ground for the development of avant-garde art. Though that environment produced a fair few stars over the second half of the twentieth century, their work represents only the tip of the iceberg: bringing the rest out of the depths and onto the internet has constituted the last few years’ work for Forgotten Heritage. A collaboration between institutions in Poland, Belgium, Croatia, Estonia, and Germany supported by Creative Europe, the project offers a database of European avant-garde art — including many works still daring, surprising, or just plain bizarre — never properly preserved and made available until now.

Six ways Ireland’s abortion referendum could be hacked this week

Anti-abortion money, Facebook ads and boots-on-the-ground volunteers have piled in from across the world to try and swing Friday’s historic vote. Will they succeed?

An anti-abortion activist confronts pro-choice campaigners in Dublin, 15 May 2018. Photo: Brian Lawless/PA Wire/PA Images. All rights reserved.Terminating a pregnancy in Ireland is currently punishable with up to 14 years in prison. Polls suggest that while pro-choice campaigns appear to be ahead, one in six voters are not sure how they’ll vote in Friday’s historic abortion referendum, which means the result is too close to call.

Italy populist government pact: What you should know

Anti-establishment Five Star and the League have a plan for governing but no PM yet.

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TRY in records lows and the government hides into conspiracy theories…

In Uncategorized on May 23, 2018 at 18:01

Government Spokesperson Bekir Bozdağ has said, “If there are people who think that they can change the results of this election by playing with the dollar and inflicting damage to the nation and its pocket, they are mistaken.”
After the exchange rate of US Dollar to Turkish Lira has exceeded 4.90 TRY, İstanbul Stock Exchange has announced that except for its short-term needs, it has changed all of its foreign exchange assets into Turkish Lira.
Muharrem İnce, the presidential candidate of the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP), has called on President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan to replace his economic advisers, warning that Turkey’s economy is “about to hit a wall.”
The Turkish Lira has slid to a fresh historic low of 4.64 against the dollar following a statement from the credit rating agency Fitch on May 22.

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2 #istanbul videos: one from the RICK STEVES’ EUROPE series…

In Uncategorized on May 23, 2018 at 09:16



In Istanbul, we’ll lose our way in the Grand Bazaar and munch our way through the famously fragrant Spice Market. We’ll follow the fall of the ancient capital of Byzantium and the rise of Islam at the city’s ancient wall, and wander among the treasures of Hagia Sophia, the Blue Mosque, and Topkapı Palace. To escape the city bustle, we’ll cruise the churning waters of the Bosphorus, make friends over backgammon, and try a traditional Turkish bath.

Journeyman Pictures

Published on Jul 11, 2016
The Divide (2010): According to a Turkish saying, the earth in Istanbul is made of gold – but not everyone has such a rosy view of the city.
In other news:
Your Vacations to Patagonia, Istanbul and Rio Just Got a Lot Cheaper

Here’s a silver lining to the selloff in emerging-market currencies: Trips to Patagonia, Istanbul and Rio just got a lot cheaper. World-leading losses in …
In Istanbul, Drinking Coffee in Public Was Once Punishable by Death

By some accounts, Murad IV stalked the streets of Istanbul in disguise, whipping out a 100-pound broadsword to decapitate whomever he found .

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#cyberculture agenda: “After Meltdown and Spectre, Another Scary Chip Flaw Emerges…

In Uncategorized on May 22, 2018 at 16:29

After Meltdown and Spectre, Another Scary Chip Flaw Emerges

A new processor vulnerability known as Speculative Store Bypass could expose user data on a huge swath of devices.

Mark Zuckerberg agrees to EU meetings a day after ditching the UK

Today, Antonio Tajani, the president of the European Parliament, announced that Mark Zuckerberg will meet with representatives of the European Parliament. “The founder and CEO of Facebook has accepted our invitation and will be in Brussels as soon as..

Earlier this month, Parliament sternly warned Mark Zuckerberg that if they continued to ignore their polite requests for him to testify, they’d issue a “summons” that could result in his being dragged to Westminster in chains the next time he set foot in the UK

Today, Alphabet announced that Project Shield is widening its scope. The free service is now expanding to include protecting any registered political organization from DDoS attacks. This includes candidates, political action committees and campaigns.

The Complete History And Future of Robots

Here’s the WIRED guide to catch you up on everything you should know about robotics.

The Senate Voted to Stand Up for Net Neutrality, Now Tell the House to Do the Same

The Senate has voted to restore the 2015 Open Internet Order and reject the FCC’s attempt to gut net neutrality. This is a great firs

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