Posts Tagged ‘digital activism’

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 »

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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ComScore report’s Turkey section…

In Cyberculture on November 14, 2009 at 19:04

Webrazzi analysesthe ComScore report’s Turkey section (in Turkish). I quote the statistics from the report…


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Let’s Act for Climate Change! Blog Action Day

In Announcements, Cyberculture, Documents on October 15, 2009 at 08:32

About Blog Action Day

Blog Action Day is an annual event that unites the world’s bloggers in posting about the same issue on the same day. Our aim is to raise awareness and trigger a global discussion.

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The ban itself sued, Petition campaign and web censorship in Turkish humor magazine covers.

In Cyberculture, Turkish judiciary on September 30, 2009 at 17:28

More than 6 thousand sites are banned in Turkey...

More than 6 thousand sites are banned in Turkey...

Academic asks Turkish court to overturn Myspace and blocking decisions

Yaman Akdeniz, an Associate Professor of law at the Faculty of Law, Istanbul Bilgi University today (29 September, 2009) made an appeal to the Beyoğlu Criminal Court of Peace to overturn the blocking decision involving both and from Turkey. The blocking decision was enforced by the Turkish ISPs since Friday, 18 September, 2009 by the order of the Beyoğlu Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office (order no 2009/45 dated 26.06.2009).

Petition against Internet Censorship in Turkey here.

Cover page of Penguen magazine’s latest issue satirizes the ban.
and these are from the older covers that were related to previous bans…

Three Facebook Groups to Protest MySpace/LastFm ban- and more

In Cyberculture, Turkish judiciary on September 21, 2009 at 01:24

Last Update: 21 September 2009: 21:50

A twitter account gives updates on the ban and reactions: Turkey Bans.

Unblock The Banned Websites In Turkey Petition, hosted at

Özgür Uçkan writes extensively on web censorship in Turkey (all pieces in Turkish though)

Myspace, Lastfm, sansür, kültür ve “bir avuç insan”…

by Özgür Uçkan

“Türkiye’de internet sansürünün kısa tarihi… ve mümkün geleceği!
“Fransa, telifli içerik indirene ceza getiren HADOPI2 Yasası’nı kabul etti. Türkiye bu akımdan etkilenir mi?”

More ban’s in Turkey

by Internation Musing
Bt Arda Kutsal:

Access to MySpace and is banned by Turkish court. We are currently not fully informed about the reason of the ban, but it may be due to music copyright violations. And again, this ban may be a consequence of a case filed by Turkish Union of Music Producers (MÜYAP) in order to protect music rights.
Turkish internet users can still reach both sites via
OpenDNS. Also, you can reach by changing language settings to English, since the ban on is over the address and only users with Turkish language selection are redirected.

As usual there hasn’t been a powerful reaction to the most recent web censorship case. However, I see a rising anger in Facebook status messages and emerging groups. The Groups all in Turkish and they are not tailored to activate masses yet. As of early September 21, here are the groups and their current number of members:

Myspace'e Erişimin Engellenmesini Protesto Ediyoruz !

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