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Follow all the #GeorgeFloyd Protests at #GeorgeFloydProtests roundup:

In Uncategorized on May 31, 2020 at 02:50


States are bracing for more violence as Trump urges Minnesota to “get tougher” on protesters.


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Friday Prayers are back in the Pandemic Style…

In Uncategorized on May 30, 2020 at 22:50

Coronavirus: How Turkey took control of Covid-19 emergency

Even without imposing a total lockdown, Turkey seems to have handled the outbreak well.

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So not only Turkey, it seems… “Authoritarian Governments Are Calling Out American Hypocrisy Over Minneapolis

In Uncategorized on May 30, 2020 at 18:50

This is a great PR day for China, Russia, and Iran.

Cop who killed George Floyd arrested

Derek Chauvin, the cop who killed George Floyd, was arrested today and taken into custody . The arrest follows

Three years after “I Have a Dream” and the March on Washington, the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King spoke with Mike Wallace of CBS News about change within the Civil Rights movement.

Destroying a Police Precinct Is a Reasonable Response to Unreasonable Killings

The first thing to emerge from the pandemic is a rebellion against policing.
Here is what law enforcement officials in the US are saying about the actions of the four officers involved in George Floyd’s death.

Trump’s Tweets Force Twitter Into a High-Wire Act

By hiding but not deleting the president’s tweets, the platform has struck a difficult balance to approach a nearly impossible situation.

George Floyd and the Illusion of Progress

One image from the Minneapolis protests is snapshot of an America that has not changed all the much.

Trump claims he didn’t know racist origin of his ‘when the looting starts, the shooting starts’ tweet (and WH retweet)

Donald Trump on Friday afternoon claimed to be completely ignorant of the racist history of the phrase ‘when the

Chicago mayor Lori Lightfoot has 2 words for Donald Trump: ‘It starts with F and ends with U’

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot has had it with Donald Trump’s bullshit threats of violence against Americans. “Being black

The Intercept’s Mehdi Hasan speaks with Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar about systemic racism, the militarized police response to protests in Minneapolis — which is in Omar’s district — and what real justice looks like for George Floyd’s family and black and brown communities across the country

Footage shows Louisville police shooting pepper rounds at news crew

In the footage below, broadcast live by an NBC affiliate and posted to Twitter by Guthrie Graves-Fitzsimmons, a news crew moves into the street near a line of riot police. Protestors are not nearby in significant numbers and the police are not engaging them. A cop steps forward from the line and opens fire on the news crew with what appear to be pepper rounds.

Denver Post photographer struck twice by pepper balls during George Floyd protest Hyoung Chang, a 23-year veteran at The Denver Post, said an officer aimed at him from news

White people forming a barrier between black protestors and police from pics


A protester’s sign in the USA from pics


Tell this story. A group of black men ensure no harm comes to a police officer in Louisville riots. from pics


A group of black people protecting a cop who got separated from the others from pics


George Floyd with his baby daughter Gianna from pics


From counterterrorism to counter-COVID-19, governments use crises to impose continuous states of emergency in the Middle East

Emergency powers carry the risk of undermining rule of law

A municipal worker disinfecting surfaces in the capital Tunis, Tunisia. Photo credit:Lost in Tunis blog [Used with permission].

In response to COVID-19, governments around the world have declared states of emergency, allowing them to take exceptional measures to contain the pandemic.Liberal democracies from the United StatesCanada to European countriesMalaysia and South Africa imposed emergency measures that restricted mobility under lockdowns. Likewise, in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), authorities declared states of emergency and imposed exceptional measures such as curfews and home confinement.

Fires rage in Minneapolis after the killing of George Floyd, an unarmed black man, by local cop Derek Chauvin.

Though four officers were immediately fired, local prosecutor Mike Freeman said that there is ‘other evidence that does not support a criminal charge’ even as police refused to release unredacted footage of the incident. Video of Chauvin kneeling on Floyd’s neck as he gasped for breath was taken by a bystander; Chauvin’s long history of violent conduct soon surfaced.

A 46-year old black man named George Floyd was killed by police in Minneapolis on Monday, May 25, 2020. A police officer named Derek Chauvin kneeled on Floyd’s neck, after vaguely accusing him of forgery and/or public intoxication. He pressed his knee down so hard — and kept it there — that it cut off the air to Floyd’s lungs, suffocating him. Three police officers stood around and watched as Floyd used his last breaths to cry for help; several bystanders filmed the scene, and tried to get the cops to stop, but to no avail.

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The Algorithmic Equity Toolkit- Free to download

In Uncategorized on May 30, 2020 at 13:50

Hundreds of companies, big and small, are developing and marketing surveillance and decision-making technologies for government use. Technology can change government practices, and not always for the better.
The Algorithmic Equity Toolkit (AEKit for short) is a collection of four components designed to identify surveillance and decision-making technologies used by governments; make sense of how those technologies work; and pose questions about their impacts, effectiveness, and oversight.
The team behind the AEKit began working in 2019 to build the capacity of community groups to analyze government technologies. The AEKit is the result of a year of collaborative work between our team and the Tech Fairness Coalition, a collective of community groups convened by the ACLU of Washington.
There are four components of the AEKit. They focus on identifying and analyzing technologies that aim to automate, aid, or replace human decision-making. The components of the AEKit are intended to be used in the following order, but feel free to use them as you see fit.

A chart with yes/no questions to help identify whether a technology is an automated decision system or a surveillance tool, both, or neither.

A map that defines key terms used in the AEKit and links the relationships between the various parts of automated decision systems.

                  A set of open-ended prompts that help to explore potential impacts of these technologies.

A set of questions about automated decision systems to ask government employees, elected officials, and vendors.
or download the full AEKit here:
For additional resources, see our list of frequently asked questions.

Created in collaboration with the Critical Platform Studies Group, the Tech Fairness Coalition, and the ACLU of Washington. It was initiated as a project at the Data Science for Social Good Summer Program run by the eScience Institute at the University of Washington. For a full list of our contributors, click here.

Graphic design, web design, and content strategy by micah epstein.

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New photo from Facebook May 30, 2020 at 01:23PM

In Uncategorized on May 30, 2020 at 12:39

Portekiz’de güneş enerjisi tarlası. via Reddit. via Facebook Pages

It is the 7th anniversary of Gezi Park Protests. #Gezi7yasında

In Uncategorized on May 28, 2020 at 12:50

Check out our ongoing collaborative project on Gezi Park Protests here:



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New photo from Facebook May 27, 2020 at 07:06PM

In Uncategorized on May 27, 2020 at 18:39

Bu Uberci kendini bayağı iyi korumuş. via Reddit. via Facebook Pages

From the US to Turkey, police violence continues… ##GeorgeFloyd

In Uncategorized on May 27, 2020 at 17:50

Incidents of police brutality have been on the rise across Turkey during the curfews imposed against the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, with new footage showing police officers hitting or mistreating citizens surfacing on social media nearly everyday.

A large group of police officers in the Çorlu district of the northwestern province of Tekirdağ beat a man sitting in front of his house on the first day of Eid al-Fitr on May 24.


Police officer shoots dead Syrian teenager in southern Turkey

Turkish police have killed 403 people for disobeying stop warnings since 2007, the head of Baran Tursun Foundation, which monitors police brutality cases, has said.

Turkish law enforcement fines nearly 50,000 people for violating curfew regulations

Duvar English Turkey’s law enforcement fined nearly 50,000 persons for violating the rules of the four-day curfew that

Turkey cracks down on Kurdish women’s rights activists despite COVID-19 | Ruken Isik @rukenix

The crackdown against Kurdish organisations, activists, and municipalities continues in Turkey,…

ECtHR Convicts Turkey Twice Over Newroz

The European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) has announced its judgement on the applications of two people penalized

Survey shows nearly half of AKP-voting youth wants to live abroad

Nearly half of the youth who vote for the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) wants to live abroad, a survey carried out to get a better understanding of the problems and expectations of the youth from different socioeconomic profiles across Turkey showed.

According to the survey conducted by the Social Democracy Foundation (SODEV), 47.5 percent of the voters of the AKP, which has been ruling the country since 2002, said that they would be willing to live abroad if they had the opportunity.

Ahmet Altan:

Washington Post – May 24

Ahmet Altan is a Turkish novelist, journalist and founder of the now-defunct newspaper Taraf. He is the author of the smuggled-out-of-prison memoir “I Will Never See the World Again.” These days being in an actual prison while

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Twitter fact-checks @RealDonaldTrump for the first time and all the hell breaks loose…

In Uncategorized on May 27, 2020 at 15:50

It looks like Twitter’s finally had enough of US President Donald Trump‘s abuse of its platform. Today, keen observers may have noticed the president‘s @realDonaldTrump Twitter account has been splashed with a couple of fact-checking embeds on tweets where he’s attempted to misinform the US voting public by lying about the mail-in ballot process.
Twitter fact-checks Trump as US president cries vote meddling

Social media platform has been tightening policy amid criticism it has allowed fake accounts, misinformation to
Twitter fact-checks a misleading Trump tweet for the first time

The news: Twitter added a fact-checking label to two tweets from US President Donald Trump’s Twitter account on

“Twitter is completely stifling FREE SPEECH, and I, as President, will not allow it to happen!”

Earlier today, Twitter for the first time ever added a factchecking feature to one of impeached U.S. President Donald Trump’s false tweets about voter fraud.

Within an hour or so, Trump lashed out at Twitter, on Twitter.

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#istanbul is getting ready for normalization with the circles on the grass… a news roundup…

In Uncategorized on May 27, 2020 at 12:50

“Other parks on both sides of the city will follow Caddebostan, it noted. Parks, coastlines and beaches are currently closed due to the pandemic but are expected to be opened in the coming weeks.
Ahead of the summer, authorities have started to take measures to make people comply with the social distance rule in parks and beaches in İstanbul and Antalya.

Festival films to make their Turkey premiere online

The 39th Istanbul Film Festival, organized by the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (İKSV) with the support of

Istanbul disinfects mosques against COVID-19 ahead of reopening

ISTANBUL, May 26 (Xinhua) — Turkey’s biggest city Istanbul on Tuesday disinfected mosques to make them ready for reopening on Friday as part of
The waters of Istanbul’s Bosphorus Strait, which divides the continents of Europe and Asia, has changed into a turquoise color over the weekend. (DHA Photo)
A blanket of fog has covered Istanbul. Click through for photos shot by news agencies early May 14 in the metropolis…
The first street lights of Galata Bridge,1913 İstanbul
Cats of Istanbul. Always posing (!)

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