Stories about Turkey

4 September 2014

Connecting Istanbul and London to Crowdsource the Web We Want Festival

On Sept. 5, the Web We Want campaign will organize a "Think-In" global brainstorming session to plan for the upcoming Southbank festival -- anyone, anywhere can get involved.

Netizen Report: Talking Turkey, Governance, and “Ungovernance” at IGF 2014

This week, we dive back into the game in Istanbul, where Internet activists and advocates of many stripes have gathered to talk governance, "ungovernance", and everything in between.

21 March 2014

As Elections Approach, Denial Runs Deep for Erdogan

Turkey's Prime Minister is calling for democratic elections in a democratic state. Meanwhile, media outlets are under attack, Twitter is blocked, and protester oppression is at an all-time high.

12 March 2014

Netizen Report: Leaders at Odds Over Social Media in Turkey

This week, we look at allegations of public funding for Italian surveillance tech company Hacking Team, network interference in the Ukraine, and Facebook's likely new toy (drones!)

26 February 2014

Netizen Report: Turks Protest, “Unfollow” President Over Censorship Law

This week's report looks at mass protests in both Turkey and Venezuela, Facebook fallout over WhatsApp, and a must-see hand-illustrated video on digital surveillance.

13 February 2014

Netizen Report: #TheDayWeFightBack Edition

This week, we round up events around the globe that marked #TheDayWeFightBack anti-surveillance campaign and look at mounting pressure on indy media in Turkey and Venezuela.

11 July 2013

Online and Off, Information Control Persists in Turkey

Government efforts to stifle unrest in Turkey in recent weeks has stretched beyond episodes of physical violence and police brutality into the digital world, where information control and media intimidation are on the rise.

10 June 2013

VIDEO: Turkish Protests Filmed by the People, for the People

As the #OccupyGezi protests have surged, Turkish mainstream media has foundered, failing to cover the anti-government demonstrations for fear of retribution. Citizen journalists have stepped up to fill the role, reporting and filming so that the Turkish people and the world can see what's happening in the country.

7 June 2013

As Protests Continue, Turkey Cracks Down on Twitter Users

The critical role that social media and the Internet are playing in the anti-government protests engulfing Istanbul and other parts of the country has not gone unnoticed by Turkish authorities. Police have arrested dozens of people accused of publishing “misinformation” on Twitter to encourage others to join in the ongoing unrest.

27 December 2011

Turkey: No tweets from the courtroom!

  “Today the judge is more strict” says the tweet, “One undercover police for each row! All monitoring the ones who are tweeting!“ In Istanbul-Turkey, today is the 2nd day...