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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 »

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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WBF’s official declaration- Support for arrested Azeri bloggers…

In Cyberculture on November 24, 2009 at 23:04

World Bloggers: Support detained and imprisoned bloggers throughout the world!

Bucharest, 17th of November 2009 – World Bloggers outspeak their support to two imprisoned video blogging youth activists in Azerbaijan as well as all persecuted, detained and imprisoned bloggers throughout the world. Continue to read.

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Unholly Alliance between Microsoft and Murdoch?

In Cyberculture, Journalism on November 24, 2009 at 08:01


Microsoft and News Corp in Discussions to Remove Newspaper Content from Google

rupert_murdochYes, really. Rupert Murdoch’s crusade to blame Google for the failing newspaper business model continues today, as it emerges that News Corp has conducted talks with Microsoft about de-indexing the company’s sites from Google and (presumably) being paid to include them in Bing instead. Read the rest of this entry »

“Social and economic implications of Social Computing

In Cyberculture on November 21, 2009 at 15:38

Social and economic implications of Social Computing

The European Commission JRC, Institute for Prospective Technological Studies
released a comprehensive report on social and economic implications of Social Computing [aka Web2.0, social media].

‘The Impact of Social Computing on the EU Information Society and Economy’
(Eds.) Yves Punie, Wainer Lusoli, Clara Centeno, Gianluca Misuraca and David Broster
Authors: Kirsti Ala-Mutka, David Broster, Romina Cachia, Clara Centeno, Claudio Feijóo, Alexandra Haché, Stefano Kluzer, Sven Lindmark, Wainer Lusoli, Gianluca Misuraca, Corina Pascu, Yves Punie and José A. Valverde

News release:

This wide report covers different thematic areas. In addition to a cross-cutting analysis across areas in
Ch1: Key findings, Future Prospects and Policy Implications

It contains thematic analysis: Read the rest of this entry »

Online tools for my students

In Announcements, Cyberculture, Erkan as a lecturer on November 18, 2009 at 16:04

This is an arbitrary list. These are what I basically use/rely on and what I recommend when my students ask. I intend to develop the list and of course all recommendations and comments are welcome:)
1. A blogging software: Blogger or Nowadays, I prefer WordPress. Inbuilt statistics, better templates…
2. A Gmail account. Gmail. All Google Applications require a Gmail account. I wonder why you don’t have one already…
3. Google Docs. It is a great tool to produce collaborative work. It has also Forms to creating surveys..
4. Open Office. In case you are pissed off with Microsoft Office. You can download this Office software which is free. Not as good as Microsoft Office yet but it is still satisfactory. Well, I have written my dissertation by using Google Docs and Open Office programs…
5. Bibme. A free, simple place to create your bibliographies in several Biblio formats. Honestly, I used this to create my bibliography for my dissertation.
6. Paint.Net. A free image editor. That’s the one I use constantly. Some recommend GIMP but I haven’t tested that at all. Let me know if you recommend, too.
7. InfraRecorder. An open source cd burner. That’s what I use for my CDs I listen to when I drive:)
8. For file storage and sharing, in addition to Google Docs, I use For a better sharing, I feel like Scribd becomes a better place though…
9. Google Reader. An excellent tool to follow blogs and sites through RSS feeds. I follow more than 400 at the moment and Reader is just great…
10. Tweet Deck. Saved my life. I could not figure out how to use Tweeter more effectively and now I am getting used to Twitter usage:) Read the rest of this entry »

“More reaction to video blogger trial verdict

In Announcements, Cyberculture on November 15, 2009 at 23:07

I haven’t realized any reactions to Azeri bloggers’ verdict in Turkish cybersphere but reaction certainly grows around the global blogosphere….

last Updated: 18 Nov, 00:15

EU Presidency Statement on Azerbaijan

Council of Europe: Conviction of bloggers in Azerbaijan ‘a blow to freedom of expression’, say PACE rapporteurs

Azerbaijan: More reaction to video blogger trial verdict

from Global Voices Online by Onnik Krikorian Read the rest of this entry »