"853 Websites Banned in Turkey

FT.com / World – Turkish bloggers censure the censors

By Alex Barker in Ankara and Andrew Edgecliffe-Johnson in New York

Turkish bloggers are closing their websites to protest against courts banning dozens of mainstream sites for carrying content deemed “immoral” or insulting to Turkey’s founding father."

853 Websites Banned in Turkey

By Jenny White

There are currently 853 Web sites banned in Turkey, including video-sharing site YouTube and dailymotion.com, placing Turkey in the league of countries such as China and Saudi Arabia, famous for restricting freedom of speech.

Web sites are most often banned on grounds that they insult the founder of the Turkish Republic, Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, contain vulgarity, enable gambling or promote suicide. Many sites have also been banned for crimes covered under the Internet Security Law. But a number of sites are banned for no apparent reason. The latest Web site to be banned was gundemonline.com, which was blocked by Ankara’s 11th High Criminal Court without any justification. VIA

What Makes for a Good Blog?

My friends at Six Apart recently asked me to make a list of blogs that I enjoy. I think they’re planning to use it for their new Blogs.com project. Unfortunately, I’m late getting it to them (typical), but if it’s still useful, I’ll post it here in a day or four.

A Growing black hole in Turkish cyberspace

It all started with the blocking of YouTube, for the third time in May, for insulting Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, the founder of the Republic. This was the last straw that sparked a nationwide protest

Internet freedom


The Internet has eliminated the notions of time and boundaries. It is now easier to access information thanks to the Internet.

Examining The Web’s Top Blogs

By Daniel Scocco

Today while reading my RSS feeds I came across a really interesting post from SEOMoz titled Examining The Internet’s Top Blogs: What We Can Learn From Their Success.

They basically carried a research with the most popular blogs around the web, and presented the results on several charts like the following one:

10 Costly Assumptions on Web Development

By Daniel Scocco

I came across this article a while ago and thought that it was worth sharing with you guys. It basically covers 10 assumptions in web development that might be costing you money. The article was written with business and ecommerce websites in mind, but most points can be applied to blogs as well. The 10 assumptions are:

US: Google offers "most satisfying" online experience, NYT.com and USAToday.com rank high

By Alisa Zykova

Google offers the most satisfying online experience when compared to other portals, online news outlets and search engines, according to a University of Michigan report tthat studied customer satisfaction in the US.

US: Part 1 Pew Research – Audiences now blend traditional and online news sources

By Katherine Thompson

The biennial Pew Research Center has revealed in its report that Yahoo, MSN and CNN are the three most popular web news destinations.

Traditional media brands are still favoured, including the New Yorker, The Atlanticand the BBC, the Pew survey of 3,600 adults found. But only 47% watch TV news on an average day.

Campaign: MySpace used in slavery apology campaign

By Talia on slavery

Description: Hollywood legend Kirk Douglas proves that no one is ever too old to be a digital activist. To commemorate the bicentennial anniversary of the abolition of the slave trade in the United States, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a resolution last month apologizing for slavery. The passage was due in part to the online activism of the 91-year-old actor.

Digital Tools Being Used: MySpace

Video Game Round Up #2

I did a previous round up on gaming, which covered some basics on gaming, criticisms of the activity, some funny stuff, games as art, some anthropological work, and games and learning.

Here’s another round up, where I have focused on more traditional social science/anthropological themes, as well as related articles and blogging about game design.

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