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“European Court of Human Rights recognises right to protect sources

In Journalism on December 17, 2009 at 03:25

European Court of Human Rights recognises right to protect sources

from Editors Weblog – all postings by Jennifer Lush

The European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg ruled in the favour of five media companies yesterday, recognising a journalistic right to protect anonymous sources, reports AFP.

The Financial Times, the Independent, the Guardian, the Times and Reuters news agency won an appeal against British courts who had ordered them to hand over documents relating to a Belgian brewing firm, Interbrew. Read the rest of this entry »

“AAA Provides Free Access to 85 Years of American Anthropologist and More….

In Anthropology on December 16, 2009 at 20:19

2010 IUAES Inter-Congress in Turkey

from American Anthropological Association by Dinah

The Ahi Evran University dept. of anthropology has announced that the 2010 IUAES Inter-Congress will be held in Antalya, Turkey, October 3-6, 2010, with the theme: “From the Crossroads of Civilizations: Understanding Cultural Diversity to Connect Societies.” The organizers note:

AAA Provides Free Access to 85 Years of American Anthropologist and More

from American Anthropological Association by Oona & Sharon

As part of our committment to broaden access to anthropological research, AAA is now providing free access to content from American Anthropologist, Anthropology News, Ethos, and PoLAR: Political and Legal Anthropology Review that published before 1974. Read the rest of this entry »

“Web Ethnography

In Anthropology on December 14, 2009 at 17:49

From The Savage Minds:

Web Ethnography

Cyborg Anthropologist Amber Case, tweeted the following great resource on digital ethnography: The Webnographer’s wiki has a “mega list of books on digital ethnography.”


CEAUSSIC: Origin Story and Grand Finale

from American Anthropological Association by Brian

Prof. George Marcus

“The AAA’s Ad Hoc Commission on Anthropology’s Engagement with the Security and Intelligence Communities (CEAUSSIC) continues its work. Our main activities at present include: 1. the writing of a report to the AAA on the widely and hotly debated Human Terrain System of the U.S. Army, 2. The editing of a casebook illustrating the diversity of kinds of practicing anthropology, including associated ethical questions, with a primary emphasis upon the security sector broadly conceived, 3. And providing support for the AAA’s ongoing ethics process. In an effort to keep our work transparent and part of the public and disciplinary discussion of all of the above, CEAUSSIC is also going to be contributing a monthly entry to the AAA’s blog. Each entry, by different CEAUSSIC members, will address topics that have arisen or that we have been thinking about, which we will continue to discuss via the blog, a discussion in which we hope you will also participate.” Read the rest of this entry »

Introducing Turkish Cybersphere (2)

In Cyberculture on December 10, 2009 at 08:34

Part I was received well now comes the second part:

A very extensive conference on Internet will take place on 12-13 December at Bilgi U.
I-net 2009 program can be found here.

New design for Kreavitme – A successful markeing blog.

Özlem Hoşcan’s site/blog on marketing with an emphasis on social media.

A cool activistic art-work blog: İç Mihrak.

A list of Turkish shopping websites for the New Year Shopping spree:) HERE

Serdar Kaya’s Derin Sular is a great source for the critical philosophical and political issues related to Turkish Republican Establishment.

Cihan Salim writes about the absurdity of Turkish State’s attempt to build a search engine and he recommends her to provide cheaper web access service to begin with…

Turkish Sci-Fi fans has a FriendFeed group here. (in Turkish)

In this introductory thread fans discuss their favorites in novels and movies. Not particularly new stuff offered but I guess gradually new Sci-Fi stuff will be introduced.

Social bookmarking sites in Turkish.

A wiki project (at a glance at the first articles, the wiki has a nationalist political agenda…):
Turkipedia: Turkipedia is an online encyclopaedia about everything related to the Turkish world where anyone can edit. Please feel free to add new titles or edit existing ones.
Corporates also jump into social media.  A giant Turkish web service provider, Superonline, is in social media now (noted here):

Twitter, Friendfeed, Youtube, Dailymotion, Vimeo, Flickr Facebook

Blograzzi blog reviews blogs or sites in themes. It does not offer exhaustive lists but gives you an idea about major sites.

Blograzzi on Cinema blogs/sites.

Blograzzi on Sport blogs/sites. Acetoo Balsamico is particularly mentioned.

Google Docs down for more than half a day

In Cyberculture on December 9, 2009 at 17:13

update 19:15– Ok I got Docs back. back to full work of blogging:)

Am I the only one? Nobody around me uses Google Docs frequently. Most of my blog post drafts are kept in Google Docs and in fact, nearly all my writings:) I have never seen such a long time of disruption in the service…

Google Docs
Server Error

Google Docs has encountered a server error. We are looking into the problem now.

You might be able to download your document by right-clicking it in the main docs list. Select “Export as” and the format you prefer.

By right clicking… That doesn’t work, too… Read the rest of this entry »

Sesawe offers tools to circumvent web censorship

In Cyberculture on December 7, 2009 at 16:49

I had stopped shortly in a blogger/new media training session last Friday, that focused on Eurasian bloggers and new media people. You can check their work here:

Eurasian Stories | Digital Stories from Eurasia

and videos made in the workshop:

I have met Eric who is in charge of a website called Sesawe. This site offers great tools and recommendations to circumvent web censorship. In their site:

Where sesawe matters:

Yemen Egypt Syria Cambodia Kyrgyzstan Moldova
France North Korea Kazakhstan Morocco Sri Lanka China
Saudia Arabia Ethiopia Turkey Belarus Thailand Sudan


My brief notes from Eric’s speech: Read the rest of this entry »

Tribute to Prof. Antoun and anthro roundup (#AAA09)

In Anthropology on December 6, 2009 at 19:20
last updated: 09 Dec 09- 11:30
I have seen the news of Prof. Antoun being stabbed to death a few days ago but honestly I could not get any more background to this terrible news. At the end of this post I have a collection of news but one should particularly check Maximilian Fort (Professor Richard Antoun, murdered Fri. Dec. 4, 2009: We Will Miss You, May God Bless You, who was a student of him.
In the mean time, news emerged from the AAA meetings that Anthropologists were critical of war and cooperation with the military. Twitter hashtag #AAA09 was promising (but I expect more will happen next year) and we could follow what anthro people were up to….

A super post:

How to Improve the AAA Meetings

from An Eye on the Culture Wars by Dr. K

Now I remember why I dislike academic conferences so much:
1. I don’t like having papers read to me (does anyone?).
2. I don’t like having one image projected on a screen and never changed for the 15 minutes when someone is reading to me.
3. I don’t like time hogs who use up discussion time: there is never time for discussion
4. I don’t like constant references to failed technology or unfamiliarity with projectors, computers, presentation software, or DVDs.
5. I don’t like that most presenters have no clue how to construct a text slide: your squinting audience is not proof that they are intensely interested. The fact is they can’t see what you wrote in your 12 point type.
6. I don’t like …, well, you get the idea. Read the rest of this entry »

Anthropology and the Individual (A Material Culture Perspective)

In Announcements, Anthropology on December 5, 2009 at 03:14

In announcing this newly published volume,  Anthropology and the Individual, edited by one of the prolific anthropologists, Daniel Miller, I would like to congratulate a friend of mine, Magda Craciun who has just received her PhD degree! Dr. Craciun conducted her fieldwork in Istanbul among fake brand clothing producers and she contributed a chapter based on her fieldwork to this volume. Here is the table of contents:

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Introducing Turkish Cybersphere (1)

In Blogroll, Cyberculture on December 4, 2009 at 18:49

I have been saving material about Turkish websites or blogs or e-discussions for a while. Let me offer them to my readers. This is by no means a comprehensive list. But of course I will do my best to find whatever I can find.

As I have recently noted, Turks like to have good productive discussions in Friendfeed. In one of the most recent one, people discuss Google Public DNS. (In Turkish)

Mavi Boncuk offered us 10 Best Blogs from Turkey. I don’t know what criteria they used but some deserve to be in the best list for sure. These are all in Turkish: Read the rest of this entry »

Late night Google Wave wavings

In Cyberculture on December 4, 2009 at 09:05

Google Wave has some potential for group debates. Still there is much to discover and there is much to be done by Google. But I feel like, as a group of friends tonight, we have had a good conversational space there for the first time.  In the mean time, we are not only ones to fantasize, here Turkish government has its own version of fantasy:

Turkey’s state Telecommunications authority asks Youtube to create Turkish version: “Turkeys telecommunications authority has reportedly asked famous video-sharing website Youtube to launch its Turkish version to be unblocked in the country.”
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