Posts Tagged ‘world blogging forum’

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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Leaving Bucharest soon…I already left, back in Istanbul

In Cyberculture, Erkan travels on November 15, 2009 at 11:32

[I will probably update this post- and now updating 2 days later:)]

last updated: 17 November 2009: 20:00

An Atatürk statue in Bucharest streets

I cannot escape from Atatürk. He is everywhere:)

ASLS people did a great job, we have finished a very well organized conference thanks to Mihaela and her friends. And how hospitable they were! Among the people I met, Onnik (Armenia) and Jacop (Poland) has to be mentioned particularly but I was also excited to meet people from Azerbaijan (Emin and Parvana) and Georgia (especially Dodie!). Although Turkey is very close to Azerbaijan through national ties and all, I don’t think I have had made any intelligible conversation with any Azeris before.So this was the first time. Read the rest of this entry »

Day 2 at the World Blogging Forum

In Cyberculture, Erkan travels on November 11, 2009 at 10:19

It seems that there is LIVE free coverage at the moment. We are notified that Azeri bloggers are actually sentenced today:(

Our session begins now… Online journalism…

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Pre-conference notes. It is very likely that I will not able to see Bucharest at all. Except the route from the hotel to the Parliament Palace. We stay all day in the conference hall. I don’t really mind though. If only I could get the Romanian dailies to add to my newspaper collection, my mission will be completed:)

Pork is very dominant in Romanian food. That means I am a little malnourished in terms of proteins (!) Well, I don’t eat pork. A Turkish hypocricy. I consume alcohol but not pork. Anyway, the conference is about to start… Today I am presenting sometime between 14-16. Today there seems to be a shift in focus: more about what can be done with blogging politically and financially then dealing with oppressive regimes…

As of now, I am done with my presentation. Today’s lunch was non-pork (!) and i relieved and happy. Read the rest of this entry »

Remembering Emin Milli and Adnan Hajizade. Part II of Day 1 at the World Blogging Forum

In Cyberculture, Erkan travels on November 10, 2009 at 15:45

E-Democracy Panel. 14:00-16:00

Parvana Persiyani highlights the cause of Emin Mili and Adnan Hajizade, two bloggers who have been arrested in Azerbaijan because of a satirical video they made…

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Day 1 at the World Blogging Forum

In Cyberculture, Erkan travels on November 10, 2009 at 09:52

This is a post to be built all day…

WBF in Twitter.

Erkan decides to be think more about microblogging. This conference turns out to have main focus on microblogging.

Ramon Stoppelenburg narrates his story. He says any innovative move in internet will win… Boy, it is such a story. Who is this crazy dutch guy? Check out the links below:


The Dutch Ramon Stoppelenburg (1976) started blogging from his student loft somewhere in 1998. But he became world famous for being the first ever person to travel the world for free, totally relying on the hospitality of strangers from all over the world, who invited him over through his website Over 3,577 people from 72 countries invited him over and from 2001 to 2003 he travelled through 18 countries in total, varying from Norway to South Africa and from Australia to Canada. In return for the offered hospitality he received, he wrote extensive daily reports about his whereabouts, his hosts, their life and the culture of the country he was visiting. His website had once processed over 1,2 million visits in one month. The British Sunday Times even called him the Internet Personality of the Year 2001.

Erkan is in Bucharest, Romania attending World Blogging Forum

In Erkan travels on November 10, 2009 at 07:39

After a hectic day yesterday, I got the visa, flew to Bucharest, attended the welcome party and now I am getting ready for the Forum to start with a little hangover….Well, a clerk in the consulate makes such a difference. Because Mihaela wanted my try again, I went back to consulate yesterday and they issued the visa in a few hours… Funny… Anyway,

More to tell soon but let me note that I finally met with Onnik Krikorian with whom I have been in touch for more than two years and we finally met offline. A funny, easy going and resourceful blogger/journalist.



Onnik Krikorian is a journalist, photojournalist and blogger from the United Kingdom based in Yerevan, Armenia, for the past 11 years. In addition to writing and photographing for the mainstream traditional media, as well as working with outlets such as the BBC, Al Jazeera English, and The Wall Street Journal, he has been blogging since 2005 and is the Caucasus regional editor for Global Voices Online.

Personal Blog:

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More about him here.

Ok. Let me hurry- as usual- to start the day…

Erkan could get American and Schenges visas several times but could not manage to get a Romanian visa…

In Erkan's habitus on November 6, 2009 at 12:40

An old sharp woman kept talking angrily with another official in a language I did not know. She checked the documents I handed over several times quickly as she spoke. The employee spoken to translated briefly:
– It is too late, we cannot issue a visa before 48 hours.
Erkan: In the website it says 0 business days to process.
-It is a pirate site.

Hmm I got the info from Viking Turizm site which I had relied on several times before. It is a big travel agency, maybe Romanian consulate officials should ask them to revise information..
After a bit of heated talk (the talk between themselves, I was not involved), I understood that I could actually get the visa the same day afternoon.
However, the old one stated that what I am attending cannot be classified as a cultural/scientic etc activity- BECAUSE it is not a EU funded project [that’s the reasoning she had] so I have to pay a visa fee. I accepted.

Then the old one wanted me to bring a bank account info. Well, I normally bring a file from our university’s Human Resources department that specify my employment status and relevant information and I do not remember in recent years offering a bank account information- specified in Euro amounts- to the consulates. Employment file was always enough. That was it. I would not bother to rush to my bank and ask them produce an artificial bank account just to persuade visa issuers. I said nothing, got my stuff and drove back to campus with all loud Slayer screaming…

1. Romanian consulate in Istanbul has a limited phone service. The visa application form in their website does not warn guys like me.
2. Turkish citizenship still sucks. You have to take all visa annoyment to get to Romania, a country not necessarily more Westernized or modernized than Turkey…
3. Whatever the conditions, I deserve better treatment. Who the hell are you to treat me like that? I am not nobody.
3. I am failure in organizational matters. Although I tried, I should have acted earlier, despite the fact that I had a busy week of exams, I admit I failed.
4. I am really sorry to upset Mihaela Draghici of World Blogging Forum who was extremely helpful and skilled at organizations. She offered all relevant documents on time…5. Well, all that means,  I cannot attend World Blogging Forum.