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A stage in the Downfall: Two propaganda sheets are closed: Star & Güneş

In Uncategorized on December 31, 2019 at 13:47

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It seems that two of the many pro-government dailies’ income were tied to Istanbul municipality’s resources. When AKP lost the municipality, they lost the resources to continue. These were extremely aggressive dailies that attacked opponents on a daily basis. Star acted as an ideological sheet that propagated AKP’s vision while Güneş acted as a hostile tabloid. I will have no pity for the closure of two dailies that are labeled as newspapers. These were, in fact, propaganda sheets with such a vicious agenda. Hopefully, this is a stage in the downfall of a revengeful government…

The Committee to Protect Journalists – Dec 10, 9:00 PM

For the fourth consecutive year, at least 250 journalists are imprisoned globally as authoritarians like Xi Jinping, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Mohammed bin Salman, and Abdel Fattah el-Sisi show no signs of letting up on the critical media.

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Hail to the person who was a valiant human rights defender in 2019 in Turkey: Ömer Faruk Gergerlioğlu (@gergerliogluof)

In Uncategorized on December 31, 2019 at 11:17

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Ahval has chosen a leading figure in Turkey’s human rights struggle, pro-Kurdish People’s…

Ahval has chosen a leading figure in Turkey’s human rights struggle, pro-Kurdish People’s Democratic Party (HDP) lawmaker Ömer Faruk Gergerlioğlu, as its 2019 person of the year.

The 54-year-old activist, author and journalist has worked tirelessly to defend the rights of tens of thousands of people in the country dismissed from their jobs by government decrees following a coup attempt in July 2016.

Gergerlioğlu himself is one of the some 150,000 public employees suspended or sacked from their jobs as part of an ongoing crackdown by Turkish government on those allegedly linked to the failed putsch.

Elected as a deputy for the pro-Kurdish HDP in June 2018, Gergerlioğlu has made it a mission to continue advocating for those victimised by government policies, regardless of their ethnic, religious or ideological background….


Journalists from daily Sözcü have been sentenced to prison for “willingly aiding the Gülen organization or parallel state structures despite not being part of the hierarchical organization.”

“This was the verdict we expected. Of course this is what comes out of the current state of justice,” said Editor-in-Chief Metin Yılmaz after the hearing.

With a court ruling against his release from detention last Tuesday, businessman and rights activist Osman Kavala has been sentenced to welcome a third new year in jail.

Following his arrest in October 2017, Kavala was put in a Kafkaesque position of more than a year of imprisonment without a charge. The indictment, when it eventually emerged, accused Kavala of orchestrating the organisation of the anti-government Gezi Park protests back in 2013. While just one of many indicted, Kavala is the only defendant in detention in the Gezi Park trial.

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#Anthropology roundup: “Why Winter Solstice Celebrations Persist

In Uncategorized on December 29, 2019 at 18:49

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At the ancient Maya-Toltec ceremonial complex of Chichén Itzá, tucked into the dense jungles of Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula, the El Castillo step pyramid rises from the center of a vast plaza. Flanked by open-mouthed stone serpents at its base, the pyramid—constructed in phases, possibly starting as early as A.D. 550—was an important center of worship. But for those who knew where to look, it was also a meticulously built testament to the celestial turning points of each year.
Why Winter Solstice Celebrations Persist – SAPIENS

 

Anthropologist Debunks Theory that Early 20th Century Girl is Greta Thunberg

Anthropologist Debunks Theory that Early 20th Century Girl is Greta Thunberg  Inside Edition

AI Technology Helped Researchers Discover 143 Ancient Geoglyphs

AI Technology Helped Researchers Discover 143 Ancient Geoglyphs

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VICE Video: “Inside The #Cryptocurrency Revolution – and a #Cyberculture Roundup…

In Uncategorized on December 28, 2019 at 15:19

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Bitcoin’s emergence as a global digital currency has been as revolutionary as it has been erratic. But while fledgling investors obsess over every fluctuation in the cryptocurrency market, nation-states are more interested in the underlying blockchain technology and its ability to revolutionize how business is done on the internet and beyond. VICE’s Michael Moynihan travels to Russia with Vitalik Buterin, inventor of the ethereum blockchain, to get a front-row seat to the geopolitical tug of war over Internet 3.0.

 

 

Amazon, Google, Microsoft: Here’s Who Has the Greenest Cloud

A WIRED report card on the top three cloud providers shows how their environmental claims stack up.

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VICE’s Elle Reeve heads to China to investigate the rise of facial recognition technology — and what that means for all of us.

A tank that drives itself. A drone that picks its own targets. A machine gun with facial recognition software. Sounds like science fiction? A.I. fueled weapons are already here.

 


Analytics firm App Annie revealed data about the most-downloaded apps and games of the past ten years. Most of it is about what you’d expect: microtransaction games dominated, as did social media and telecommunications. But there is one small detail that’s a bit galling: Facebook, quite literally, owned this decade. On App Annie’s list of the top apps by all-time downloads, the apps holding the top four slots are, in order, Facebook, Messenger, WhatsApp, and Instagram. It’s not really a surprise to see that social media has dominated the app market for the entire decade — it wouldn’t be a stretch…
From sexting to politics: How emoji evolved this decade

Believe it or not, the first emoji was created in 1999 by a Japanese artist, Shigetaka Kurita, who wanted to create a simple,
Apple, Amazon and Google unite to help create a universal smart home standard

Smart home devices are a godsend for the busy, the disorganized and the plain ol’ lazy, but getting them up and running can still be
Thousands of students in Germany queue for email access

After a cyber-attack at their university, 38,000 students are asked to queue for a new email password.
Chatroulette Was Shorthand for Chaos Online. Then Came the 2010s

The video chat site wasn’t exactly civil—far from it—but it pales in comparison to the actual chaos of the past decade.
Streaming 2019: Netflix and Disney vs the world (and we’re not complaining)

Streaming in 2019 is massively different to what it was a few years ago. This year alone, multiple new services have either

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Attending STS Turkey’s Winter School soon in Ankara

In Uncategorized on December 28, 2019 at 13:19

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As the Turkish Scholarly Network for Science and Technology Studies, one of the objectives of STS TURKEY is to increase the visibility of STS in Turkey by promoting relevant field research and training activities. Regarding the aim of conveying basic STS theoretical frameworks, concepts and related discussions at introductory-level, last January, we organized our first Winter School supported by Orient-Institut in Istanbul.

The second STS TURKEY Science, Technology and Society Winter School will be held on 14-16 January 2020 at METU Design Factory, Ankara. The Winter School supported by Bilkent University and METU Design Factory will provide 10 lectures by senior researchers and professors from different disciplines within three days, and will be completed with a half-day discussion, where the participants come up their current research subjects. The lectures will be held in English or Turkish based on the title of the lecture.

The list of lectures and trainers is provided below.

STS ve Siyaset Çalışmaları
Asli Çalkıvik, Asst. Prof., Dr., Istanbul Technical University (ITU)

Digital Anthropology. Cases from Ethnographic Approaches to Algorithms and Blockchain Studies  
Erkan Saka, Assoc. Prof., Dr., Bilgi University

Responsible Research and Innovation
Robin Ann Downey, Dr., Lecturer, Bilkent University

Teknolojinin Toplumsal İnşası
Emine Öncüler Yayalar, Dr., Lecturer, Bilkent University

STS’de Niteliksel Yöntemler ve Nitel Veri Analizi
Melike Şahinol, Dr., Orient-Institut Istanbul

Disiplinlerarası Çalışmalar
Arsev Umur Aydınoğlu, Asst. Prof., Dr., Middle East Technical University (METU)

Etki Analizi
Teoman Pamukçu, Prof. Dr., Middle East Technical University (METU)

Biopolitics / Actor Network Theory
Eric Deibel, Dr., Lecturer, Bilkent University

Kadim Birliktelik: Bilimin Ekonomik Boyutu
Muhsin Doğan, Dr., Technology Development Foundation of Turkey (TTGV)

Feminist STS
Şafak Kılıçtepe, Dr., Independent Researcher

Organizers: Arsev Umur Aydınoğlu, Şafak Kılıçtepe, Emine Öncüler Yayalar, Melike Şahinol

Supporters: Bilkent ÜniversitesiODTÜ Tasarım Fabrikası

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As the rulers move away from citizens’ daily needs, crazy PR stunts follow…

In Uncategorized on December 28, 2019 at 11:19

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Kanal Istanbul: A debate to end all debates!

Turkey is locked into a single issue and it is not the new wave of Turkey bound refugees from Idlib. It is the mega Canal İstanbul project. It appears, from night shows on TV and the ferocious statements by politicians, that there is a debate in the country. In fact, there is a debate but one over political divisions and identities and not one over facts. This is a project that will have consequences from a military, environment and economic perspective that are long lasting and irreversible. A technical and convincing debate must take place.

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The Turkish president said his country’s Parliament would soon vote on a deployment, adding to an escalating proxy battle among regional powers.

Cargo ship collides into Istanbul coast, closing the Bosphorus strait

Istanbul (CNN) A cargo ship collided into the coast of Istanbul on Friday, forcing Turkish officials to temporarily suspend traffic through the Bosphorus …

Factbox: Erdogan pushes ‘crazy’ Istanbul canal dream despite opposition

ISTANBUL (Reuters) – President Tayyip Erdogan has revived plans to dig a canal on the edge of Istanbul despite opposition from hundreds of …

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Such disgrace… Turkey’s Constitutional Court finally calls for Turkey to lift block #Wikipedia…

In Uncategorized on December 26, 2019 at 21:44

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Wikipedia ban: Top court calls for Turkey to lift block

The Constitutional Court rules that the country’s block on accessing Wikipedia is unconstitutional.
Constitutional Court says Wikipedia ban is violation of rights

Turkey’s Constitutional Court ruled against the ban on access to Wikipedia, saying that it violates rights and freedom
Two years ago, Turkey banned Wikipedia after the site refused to remove content tying the country to terrorist groups. That decision was reversed today in the nation’s highest court, which called the ruling a violation of freedom of expression, and o…

 

Google suspends Android licenses in Turkey following hefty fine

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Google has suspended licenses for the use of its software on Android smart phones sold in Turkey following a massive fine issued to the company last year.

The Habertürk daily reported that Android telephones purchased in Turkey after December 12 will not be licensed to use Google software such as Google Search, Google Play, Youtube, and Gmail, rendering these services unusable in Turkey on Android phones.

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Rapidly weakening ruling party sticks to Kanal İstanbul project as the mayor gives 15 reasons to oppose it..

In Uncategorized on December 26, 2019 at 16:14

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Istanbul’s New Mayor Takes On Erdogan’s Pet Canal Project

Istanbul’s mayor, who’s seen as a possible future challenger to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, is trying to block one of the Turkish leader’s pet

Istanbul Mayor gives 15 reasons to oppose Kanal Istanbul project

Istanbul Mayor Ekrem İmamoğlu on Dec. 25 outlined 15 reasons to oppose the planned Kanal Istanbul project. “[On Dec. 22] I’ve announced that as
Istanbul’s New Mayor Outlines Gross Mismanagement Under Erdogan’s Allies

The declaration by the mayor was his first real challenge to the president and the powerful vested interests around him.

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“Osman Kavala Not Released Despite ECtHR Verdict of Right Violation #GeziTrial

In Uncategorized on December 25, 2019 at 11:14

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GEZİ TRIAL: Osman Kavala Not Released Despite ECtHR Verdict of Right Violation

In the fourth hearing of Gezi trial held today, the court has ruled that the arrest of businessperson and rights defender Osman

 

“I hope that the continuation of my arrest will contribute to a better understanding of the unlawfulness in the judiciary and the origins of that,” Osman Kavala said after he was not released from prison despite an ECtHR judgment.
EP Turkey rapporteur says concerned for Demirtaş’s health following prison visit | Ahval

Turkey rapporteur for the European Parliament (EP) Nacho Sanchez Amor has said he is concerned for…
EP’s Turkey rapporteur ‘very concerned’ about former HDP co-leader’s health

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The European Parliament’s new Turkey rapporteur Nacho Sanchez Amor has said that he recently visited

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Anti-vaccination rubbish comes to Turkey, too

In Uncategorized on December 23, 2019 at 22:21

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An ultranationalist journalist’s book is a best seller. Unfortunately, anti-vac conspiracy theories are in full force. The journalist, Yalçın, is associated with a highly visited news site, Oda TV, and its propaganda against vaccination continues unabated. Years of the leftist critic of the pharmaceutical industry and anti-Americanism merge to produce this state of affairs… This campaign comes through not religious conservatives but secularist nationalists with a leftist touch…

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Six common misconceptions about immunization – WHO

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