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AN INTERVIEW WITH VANESSA TINKER ABOUT ELECTIONS IN TURKEY(13.06.2015)

An Interview with Vanessa Tinker About Elections in Turkey

1-) AK party won polls, but lost simple majority in parliament due to pro-Kurdish party gains. HDP passed 10 pct, How did HDP reach success?Apart from ardent AKP supporters, HDP was able to appeal to a wide and diverse range of citizens who have increasingly felt sidelined and/or effectively ignored – including not only Turkey’s huge Kurdish minority, but also secular, liberal, non-Kurdish minorities, LGBT, and women. Furthermore many of AKP supporters have grown tired of Erdogan’s increasingly divisive religious rhetoric, intolerance to opposition and corruption scandals.  HDP has also effectively appealed to those who wanted to block Erdogan’s plans...


INTERNET, CENSORSHIP AND OUR PROPHETS(11.10.2012)

Internet, Censorship and Our Prophets

How it startsAs good children, we learn not to speak with our mouths full or accept sweets from dubious looking strangers lurking near shops and our school gates. As adults, we learn to feign interest in our bosses' 10th successful trip abroad and lie effectively when faced with awkward questions. Engrained into our psyche from a young age, this universal social etiquette worked very effectively until social media hit the scene. And social media hit the screen hard in Turkey with (for example) half the population of 80 million having a Face book account. But through a whirlwind of grammatically incoherent ramblings, wedding announcements and cancer eradicating ‘like’ butt...


COSSACKS OF THE DIGITAL AGE: RUSSIAN HACKERS(25.07.2012)

Cossacks of The Digital Age: Russian Hackers

“My crime is a part of my curiosity. I am a hacker... You can block me, bu you can’t stop all of us.”(from the world famous international text  “the Manifesto of a Hacker”)As it is known, Cossacks has a special place in Russian history. Cossacks, who had a free and adventurous spirit and didn’t get well with the authority, were often used in the tasks such as protecting border zones. In particular, they contributed greatly in conquest Central Asia and Siberia by Russia.With the spread of the Internet and enterin the digital age, the whole world has met a new phenomenon which has a rebellious spirit just like Kazakhs: Russian Hackers. The metaphor “cyber Cossacks ...



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