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#Journalism agenda: “IPI launches new protocol for newsrooms to address online harassment…

In Uncategorized on February 13, 2020 at 17:56

IPI launches new protocol for newsrooms to address online harassment

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The International Press Institute (IPI), the global network of editors, media executives and leading journalists for press freedom, today launched a new protocol for newsrooms to tackle online harassment as a threat to press freedom and reduce the professional and emotional toll it can take on journalists.

IPI’s protocol outlines a four-step framework that newsrooms can take to more effectively protect targeted journalists from the professional and emotional impact of online abuse.

  • The first step is creating a culture of safety within the newsroom around online abuse and establishing clear channels to report it. Editors and managers should make clear that the news organization takes online harassment seriously. All staff members and contributors should know whom to report abuse to and how to report it. A point person (online safety coordinator) with the relevant knowledge and stature should be designated to receive reports and escalate them when necessary.
  • The second step is assessing the risk that the online abuse represents for the targeted journalist and the media outlet alike. This means assessing not only the physical harm or pyschological damage to the targeted individual, but also the risk of reputational damage to the journalist or media outlet through smear campaigns that seek to discredit independent journalism.
  • The third step is implementing support and response measures, which range from digital security support to legal support to emotional and psychological support, as well as online moderation to limit the impact of harassment. (Watch IPI’s expert video tutorials on coping with the emotional impact of online abuse as well as legal remedies.)
  • The fourth step is tracking cases of online harassment to assess how effective the support and response measures have been. This tracking also allows newsrooms to spot new trends of online attacks and adapt their measures consequently.

The IPI Protocol is not intended to be a one-size-fits-all. Instead, it offers a framework for newsrooms to tackle the issue of online abuse and provides a series of specific measures that newsrooms can adopt and adapt according to their particular situation.

“The guidelines provide media organizations with specific tools to create a culture of safety in newsrooms around online abuse, one that empowers journalists to report and share the abuse and smear campaigns that aim at silencing them and discrediting their work”, Javier Luque, IPI Ontheline programme coordinator, said.

The protocol is the result of field research that examined best practices in 45 newsrooms across five countries in Europe – Finland, Germany, Poland, Spain and the United Kingdom – as well as further conversations with editors across Europe and experts in the fields of digital safety, trauma and law.

The protocol is part of IPI’s Newsrooms Ontheline platform, which contains various resources for journalists and newsrooms to address online harassment.

Since 2014, IPI has systematically researched online harassment as a new form of silencing critical, independent media. IPI’s work has unveiled patterns of online attacks, analysed the emotional and professional impact on journalists, and collected best practices for newsrooms to address the phenomenon.


The Atlantic – Feb 6, 2:00 AM

One day last fall, I sat down to create a new Facebook account. I picked a forgettable name, snapped a profile pic with my face obscured, and clicked “Like” on the official pages of Donald Trump and his reelection campaign. Facebook’s

Facebook and Google are fighting coronavirus misinformation

Google and Facebook are attempting to stay ahead of coronavirus misinformation and to provide users with helpful, accurate resources. Today, Facebook announced plans to flag and remove false information, and Google has created an SOS Alert for corona…

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New photo from Facebook February 12, 2020 at 10:59AM

In Uncategorized on February 12, 2020 at 11:19

Warren Buffett Justin Sun ve Charlie Lee ile buluşmuş. via Reddit. via Facebook Pages

#Cyberculture agenda: “EU keen to set global rules on artificial intelligence…

In Uncategorized on February 11, 2020 at 17:16

EU keen to set global rules on artificial intelligence

The EU commission’s white paper on AI regulation tries to balance rights of individuals with needs of industry amid global boom.

Netflix hit the headlines last year when it pulled an episode of Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj that was critical of Saudi Arabia from its streaming service in the country. As it turns out, the company has only ever removed titles or episodes nine tim…

Europe Limits Government by Algorithm. The US, Not So Much

A Dutch court halted a program to identify people more likely to commit benefits fraud. Critics said it discriminated against

The Digital Colonialism Behind .tv and .ly

Country-specific domain names can generate a lot of money—but for whom?

Our new Digital 2020 reports – published in partnership with We Are Social and Hootsuite – show that digital, mobile, and social media have become an indispensable part of everyday life for people all over the world. More than 4.5 billion people now use the internet, while social media users have passed the 3.8 billion mark. Nearly 60 percent of the world’s population is already online, and the latest trends suggest that more than half of the world’s total population will use social media by the middle of this year. Some important challenges remain, however, and there’s still work to do…

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#anthropology roundup: “Why Face Masks Are Going Viral…”Digital Harm and Addiction: an Anthropological View…

In Uncategorized on February 11, 2020 at 14:16

A discount market on Penang Island, Malaysia, displays a face mask on a mannequin. Surgical masks are unregulated and provide minimal protection from pathogens. Paul Keller/Flickr

Why Face Masks Are Going Viral

A discount market on Penang Island, Malaysia, displays a face mask on a mannequin. Surgical masksare unregulated and provide minimal protection from pathogens. Paul Keller/Flickr

On the day the first case of the new coronavirus was confirmed in the Philippines, a surreal sight greeted me on the streets of Manila. Half the people were wearing face masks—from the disposable surgical variety to heavy-duty N95 respirators, which many had purchased just weeks before to protect themselves from ash erupting out of the Taal volcano.

Digital Harm and Addiction: an Anthropological View

Q&A with Doctoral Candidate Theodora Sutton In her article ““, published in Anthropology Today, OII DPhil student and

What Bacterial Cultures Reveal About Ours

Herder Dalaimyagmar and her husband, Byambaa, demonstrate how to press whey from curds in creating aaruul, a staple dairy product in Mongolia. Heirloom Microbes Project.

In the remote northern steppes of Mongolia, in 2017, anthropologist Christina Warinner and her colleagues were interviewing local herders about dairying practices. One day, a yak and cattle herder, Dalaimyagmar, demonstrated how she makes traditional yogurt and cheeses.

Were Neanderthals More Than Cousins to Homo Sapiens?

Scans compare a Neanderthal fossil (at left) to a modern human skull (right). Philipp Gunz/ Max-Planck-Gesellschaft A round
Still locked, the gate pulls open ever so slightly more. Photo: Ryan Anderson, 2020.

There’s news in the world of open access anthropology. The gates have opened, just a bit more. Maybe now, finally, is the time for a bigger shift toward more anthropologists supporting and advocating for open access scholarship. While we do have some excellent OA options in anthropology (such as Cultural Anthropology), we could use more. Well, good things are happening. A couple days ago, Berghahn Anthropology announced a new open access initiative:

The Double Life of Coca

In Andean countries such as Peru and Bolivia, locals and tourists drink mate de coca, a tea made from coca leaves, to stave off altitude sickness. Calsidyrose/Flickr

In Peru, people sip tea made of coca leaves—the source of cocaine—like people elsewhere sip Earl Grey. The drink has a bittersweet, grassy flavor similar to a green tea like matcha and is mildly stimulating, like coffee. I have seen coca as an ice cream flavor near Cuzco’s Plaza de Armas and as a candy sold in tourist spots. At Lima’s famed Central restaurant, you can savor bread with smoked coca leaves, washed down with a coca-infused pisco sour.

Team creates game-based virtual archaeology field school

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#istanbul is the ninth among the The World’s Most Traffic-Choked Cities….

In Uncategorized on February 11, 2020 at 11:46

The World’s Most Traffic-Choked Cities, Ranked

Cities in Asia and South America dominate the “top” of the list. Los Angeles, the US’s worst, finishes 31st.

Population of 10 Most Crowded Districts of İstanbul Larger Than 22 European Countries

According to the recent figures shared by the TurkStat, 15 million 519 thousand people currently reside in İstanbul. The total
Istanbul watchmen assault man for resisting search | Ahval

Members of a security force that support Turkish police officers in maintaining public safety known

Gaming Istanbul 2020 closes its gates

Istanbul – Feburary 4th, 2020 – GIST 2020, the largest international gaming and eSports event in Turkey and the MENA region, cemented its place in .

Mobile App of Hrant Dink Foundation Offers an Insight into Multicultural Fabric of İstanbul

Designed by Hrant Dink Foundation, KarDes mobile application is a personal tour guide offering an insight into the multicultural legacy and multilayered fabric of İstanbul.

How to Spend the Perfect 5 Days in Istanbul

After several years of bad press that cast it as unsafe, the Eurasian megacity of Istanbul is now on the upswing, ready to reemerge into the spotlight a

Beethoven in spotlight at June’s Istanbul Music Fest

This year’s Istanbul Music Festival will mark the 250th birthday of classical maestro Ludwig van Beethoven with a number of concerts and activities

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New photo from Facebook February 11, 2020 at 11:00AM

In Uncategorized on February 11, 2020 at 11:19

Viyana 1913-1914. Mahalle arkadaşları. via Reddit. via Facebook Pages

Petition to maintain budget for Horizon Europe for social sciences #HEBudget

In Uncategorized on February 11, 2020 at 09:46

PRESS RELEASE: ISE launches a petition for more investment in Horizon Europe

Strasbourg, France – February 6, 2020

The Initiative for Science in Europe (ISE) has started a campaign to ask the governments of Member States to invest more in Education, Research, and Innovation. We call for Researchers, Learned Societies, Academies, Research Organisations and Institutions to support the campaign with an effective and concerted action and show a united researchers’ front!

The budget discussion regarding the next 7-year framework program (Horizon Europe) is coming to a close. A lower investment than hoped for in Horizon Europe looks highly probable due to an unfavorable geo-political situation. This will have some dire consequences on European Research, and hence our capacity for innovation.

The initial allocation of 120B EUR to HE proposed by the Parliament has been revised to 94B EUR by the Commission in spring, and the budget compromise decided by the European Council this fall could lead to further cuts.

According to Martin Andler, President of ISE “The upcoming EU Council on February 20 will be crucial to reach an agreement. News from many Member States hint that the contribution will shrink to 1% of their Gross National Income, way below the 1.07% proposed by Finnish presidency in December, and even further away from the 1,11% proposed by the Parliament. This decision will have a major impact on the budget for Horizon Europe, and may well bring it down to 75Bn EUR, approximately 20% less than expected after the Finnish presidency proposal. Therefore, to avoid that such scenario comes true, it is very important for researchers to act swiftly and strongly.

Marco Masia, Executive Coordinator of ISE, says: “We aim at collecting thousands of signatures and show the European Countries’ Leaders that the research community is deeply worried by low investments in Education, Research, and Innovation. Europe should be strategical in her choices; it’s known that knowledge is the main driver for economic growth. Even if the final contribution from each Country will be smaller than proposed by the Parliament, we ask the Member States to keep the investment in Horizon Europe at least to 100Bn EUR.

ISE asks supporters of the campaign to be activists and engage with the broad research community to achieve this important goal.  People and institutions can support us in the following ways:

  1. Sign the petition
  2. Share the petition on social networks frequently and ask contacts to re-share
  3. Distribute the information via email to all contacts who might be interested
  4. Bring the petition to the attention of local press

ISE is a non-profit organization based in Strasbourg which was established in 2004, as an

independent platform of European learned societies and scientific organizations. Its aim is to support research in all fields of science (human, social, natural, formal as well as technology) at a European level, involve researchers in the design and implementation of European science policies, and to advocate strong independent scientific advice in European policy making.


Follow ISE on TwitterLinkedIn, and visit our website.

CONTACT Martin Andler, President of ISE:

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I was quoted in Ahval: “AKP has always sought to curb online debate” As Erdoğan describes social media as a ‘garbage dump’ [Again]

In Uncategorized on February 10, 2020 at 21:16

AKP has always sought to curb online debate – Erkan Saka | Ahval

Erkan Saka, communications professor at Istanbul Bilgi University, told Ahval editor David Lepeska…

Duvar English

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has described social media as a “garbage dump,” saying that it became a rampant environment in terms of increasing and varying cyber-bullying.

“Social media has turned into a garbage dump and a completely rampant environment. We will never surrender to this virtual world that people’s rights are violated and that they are harassed, deceived, lynched, insulted,” Erdoğan said at the opening ceremony of the new national agency to protect against cyber-attacks in the Turkish capital Ankara on Feb. 10.

Free Web Turkey platform established to combat internet censorship

Duvar English The Media and Law Studies Association (MLSA), in conjunction with the Social Information and Communication
HEALTH AND SAFETY LABOR WATCH REPORT: 112 Workers Lose Their Lives in January

According to the figures shared by the Health and Safety Labor Watch, while 12 of the deceased workers were women, 100 of
‘Memorialize Turkey’ Updated

Offering a collection of information on memorial projects in Turkey since 2013, “Memorialize Turkey” website has been
How Wikipedia Fought Back Against a Ban in Turkey

Countries used to be able to block individual Wikipedia articles. Now they can only censor the entire site—and fighting
Reuters – Jack Stubbs, Christopher Bing and Joseph Menn – Jan 27, 3:04 AM

LONDON (Reuters) – Sweeping cyberattacks targeting governments and other organizations in Europe and the Middle East are believed to be the work of hackers acting in the interests of the Turkish government, three senior Western security

Initiative for Freedom of Expression Releases 2019 Annual Report

The annual report issued by the Initiative for Freedom of Expression covers the violations of rights committed in Turkey

Saturday Mothers/People: Tourists Not Disturbed by us, But by Human Rights Abuses

In explaining why Saturday Mothers/People are not allowed to gather at Galatasaray Square to demand justice for the

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A late tribute to Lina Ben Mhenni, Tunisian Free Expression Activist and Revolutionary… #Cyberculture agenda

In Uncategorized on February 10, 2020 at 12:54

In Memory of Lina Ben Mhenni, Tunisian Free Expression Activist and Revolutionary

Like so many of her friends, colleagues, and admirers around the world, we were devastated to hear of the death of Lina Ben

Farewell to Lina Ben Mhenni, Tunisian blogger and human rights defender

Lina Ben Mhenni, June 2013. Photo by Habib M’henni , used with permission, Wikimedia Commons. Prominent Tunisian

The Virtues and Downsides of Online Dating

(Tero Vesalainen/Getty Images)

How we did this

Pew Research Center has long studied the changing nature of romantic relationships and the role of digital technology in how people meet potential partners and navigate web-based dating platforms. This particular report focuses on the patterns, experiences and attitudes related to online dating in America. These findings are based on a survey conducted Oct. 16 to 28, 2019, among 4,860 U.S. adults. This includes those who took part as members of Pew Research Center’s American Trends Panel (ATP), an online survey panel that is recruited through national, random sampling of residential addresses, as well as respondents from the Ipsos KnowledgePanel who indicated that they identify as lesbian, gay or bisexual (LGB). The margin of sampling error for the full sample is plus or minus 2.1 percentage points.

The Secret History of Facial Recognition

Sixty years ago, a sharecropper’s son invented a technology to identify faces. Then the record of his role all but vanished. Who was Woody Bledsoe, and who was he working for?

Google Maps Hacks by Simon Weckert


99 smartphones are transported in a handcart to generate virtual traffic jam in Google Maps.Through this activity, it is possible to turn a green street red which has an impact in the physical world by navigating cars on another route to avoid being stuck in traffic. #googlemapshacks

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New photo from Facebook February 10, 2020 at 09:04AM

In Uncategorized on February 10, 2020 at 09:19

Limburg’da suyun üzerinden bisiklet sürme mucizesi gerçekleştirilebilir. via Reddit. via Facebook Pages