Thailand is well known for its heavily censored Internet. The Ministry of Information and Communications Technology (MICT) has frequently announced the large number (thousands) of blocked websites as its major achievement. Continue reading
We could not miss an event scheduled for the last day of the IGF, a round table on online freedoms and access to information on the Internet in which several Turkish activists were due to participate. Until then, the subject of online censorship in Turkey had been conspicuous by its absence. Was it now going to be addressed head on, and thoroughly? Continue reading
Two characters, looking as unenlightened as they are well armed, have appeared on the walls and advertising hoardings of central Istanbul. They are TİB and MİT, the two tough guys of Internet censorship and surveillance in Turkey. Continue reading
At Reporters Without Borders’ invitation, Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International, Turkey’s Alternative Informatics Association (ABD) and the Turkish Association of Journalists (TGC) participated in a news conference in Istanbul on 4 September about online censorship and surveillance in Turkey. Continue reading
Participants in a conference on “Online freedom in the information age,” a fringe event held yesterdaly at Bilgi University on the first day of the Internet Governance Forum in Istanbul, were unanimous in their concern about online freedom in Turkey. Continue reading
The annual Internet Governance Forum (IGF) is taking place in Istanbul from 2 to 5 September under the auspices of the United Nations. The event provides a platform for discussion between governments, commercial Internet organizations and civil society members. Its goal is to address and try to solve the issues facing Internet users.
Among these, the one that is dear to our hearts at Reporters Without Borders is freedom of information. We shall be attending the event ourselves in order to ensure that it gets on the agenda.
We invite you to follow our activities on our dedicated blog. On the sidelines of the IGF, we shall be holding a news conference on the state of the Internet in Turkey, we shall be taking part in an alternative forum organized by the Turkish Alternative Informatics Association (Alternatif Bilisim) and we shall be meeting local journalists’ organizations.
The blog is also intended as a place for reflection. We shall use it to post transcriptions of the IGF’s discussions and meetings. We have invited our local representative Erol Önderoglu to write about the state of the Internet in Turkey, and other participants will also be asked to contribute.
We shall do our best to make it as lively and interactive as possible. Catch us in Istanbul.