Tag: Turkey

Turkish government has blocked access to Reddit

Governance, Internet
The Turkish government has officially blocked access to Reddit. Users first reported last night that they were unable to access the social media site, and as of Saturday the ban still appears to be in effect. It's not clear how long the block will remain in effect. Reports theverge.com An official government site confirms the ban with a generic message that reads, "After technical analysis and legal consideration ... administration measure has been taken for this website." The note is dated November 13th. According to the statement, Reddit was taken down under Turkey's controversial internet censorship law, known as Internet Law No. 5651. Under the law, Turkish Supreme Council for Telecommunications and IT (TIB) can ban websites and block internet content for a handful of reasons, includ...
9th Internet Governance Forum in turkey topics include Human Rights, Network Neutrality and Child Protection

9th Internet Governance Forum in turkey topics include Human Rights, Network Neutrality and Child Protection

Governance, Internet
The 2014 Internet Governance Forum (IGF) will take place in Istanbul, Turkey, from 2-5 September. This UN-initiated body is a multi-stakeholder, non-decision making forum of global importance for forward-looking discussions on Internet issues. Ministers and Internet leaders  will discuss the theme "Connecting Continents for Enhanced Multi-stakeholder Internet Governance". The 9th IGF will also address topics raised at the NETmundial conference in Brazil earlier this year, including net neutrality, the role and responsibilities of different stakeholders, jurisdiction issues and the application of Internet governance principles. IGF participants will also respond to the NETmundial statement. The IGF is what the UN calls a “multi-stakeholder” gathering, which means it’s not just government

Online Censorship won’t stop us warn Turkey Net activists

Governance, Internet
  Net activists in Turkey say a proposed law to tighten censorship online won't stop them. The move to block websites comes as the government faces high legal corruption allegations. Turkey's largest city Istanbul has again seen riot police clash with protestors. This month the protesters have been demonstrating against government legislation that's going through parliament to tighten state control over the Internet. Turkey has some of the tightest controls in the world. And the scene is not unknown in Istanbul. Istanbul's city centre became a battleground, with police using water cannon and tear gas to disperse protestors. The proposed legislation would enable the government to impose further controls over the Internet, including empowering ministers to block websites. Lawyer...

Turkey Blocks Access to YouTube days after Twitter ban

Governance, Internet, Mobile, social media
Turkey has blocked access to YouTube, just a week after the country blocked Twitter, and only three days ahead of local elections in the country. Turkish netizens started reporting the block after 10:30 a.m. ET. The ban was ordered on Thursday after leaked recordings of a security meeting were published on YouTube, according to Hurriyet Daily News. Turkey may lift the ban if YouTube agrees to remove the leaked audio recordings, according to a source inside the prime minister office consulted by Reuters. It's unclear at this point if Google will agree to that since the company already refused to remove videos alleging government corruption last week. The video that led to the block was uploaded to YouTube on Thursday by an anonymous user, according to Reuters. The video purported to be an a...

Turkish Twitterers Respond Hilariously To The Government’s Attempt To Block Them

Internet, social media
Turkey has restricted access to Twitter, just hours after Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan threatened to shut down Twitter and other social media platforms. Turkish Twitterers — who can still access the service via SMS — have responded in the best way possible: by mocking Prime Minister Erdoğan's attempts at censorship with an endless stream of memes. Some have taken to using the art style made famous during President Obama's 2008 election: #turkeybannedtwitter this tweet is only possible through vpn apps. pic.twitter.com/6aydNvxPpp — Mali Erdogan (@malierd) March 20, 2014 Others have pointed out the absurdity of taking Twitter so seriously: The country banned from tweeting is also where users enjoy twitter most #twitterisblockedinturkey pic.twitter.com/4cZYa2dSBe — beko (@bekirbas

Internet domain name watchdog ICANN to launch a huge regional hub in Turkey

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) will perform its operational activities in Europe, the Middle East and Africa from a hub based in Turkey, Transport Minister Binali Yıldırım announced on March. 15, during an event hosted by daily Hürriyet in İzmir. Yıldırım said the Internet domain name watchdog had decided to split its headquarters into three regional administration centers. "There was serious competition [to host one of these centers], and ICANN took the decision to spread its activities through three nodes: Los Angeles, Istanbul and Singapore. Los Angeles will cover traffic in the Americas. Istanbul will cover Europe, the Middle East and Africa, and Singapore will cover Asia," he said. source