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Stories about Turkey

2 October 2014

“We Don't Need No Governance”: Why the Internet Governance Forum Misses the Point

Activists worldwide have criticized the UN-sponsored Internet Governance Forum for shying away from pressing issues like censorship and digital surveillance. This year, they held took matters into their own hands.

17 September 2014

Netizen Report: Turkey’s Telecom Authority Acquires Absolute Power Over Internet Content

While Turkey continues to chip away at online freedoms, LinkedIn reconsiders its contentious censorship deal with China, and the US government faces 800k comments on the proposed Internet "fast lane".

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.

24 March 2014

Erdogan Vows to ‘Wipe Out’ Twitter in Turkey

Turkey blocked Twitter last week – along with Google's public DNS service, used to circumvent the block. Nevertheless, Tweets out of Turkey appear to be on the rise.

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.