Someone should advise the government about the nature of web. In fact, the ruling party invests more on the web campaigns than all other ones. But in case of governmentality issues related to web, I haven’t seen any innovative ideas so far… Despite AKP’s great attempts on democratization, nothing happens on the Web scene. Unfortunately, it is quiet conservative when it comes to Web.
There have recently been two news about what Turkish authorities are up to: to create a Google rival and to start an email surveillance from the birth (all news below). While they play with these idiotic plans, a group of Turkish internet users had a creative idea and decided to take to YouTube ban to ECHR. Congratulations! I will try to get news about those users soon.
Many governments are unhappy about Google, Yahoo and Microsoft: those are too big to bully. It’s much easier to bully local search engines and email providers: they are usually too timid to complain and they have much more too lose (that’s why the fact that more and more Chinese netizens seem to be drifting towards local versions of Web2.0 services – a trend spotted by Michael Anti and others – is a little bit disturbing).
Evgeny sez, “The Turkish government has a very disturbing Internet plan, which includes 1) creating a new search engine that would reflect ‘Turkish sensibilities’ (i.e. filter out certain results) 2) supply each of 70 million Turkish citizens with a 10 GB email account that would be linked to their national ID numbers (in fact, they will be provided with an email account from birth). This is all done under the pretense of strengthening national security, as the government doesn’t want communications data to ‘leave Turkey and then come back’.”
Did you know online journalists and bloggers now represent 45% of all media workers in prison worldwide?
According to the Committee to Protect Journalists, this is the first time that online journalists/bloggers represent the largest professional category in prison. The country with the worst record is China.
Global Voices Advocacy has recently published a map ? Threatened Voices ? to visually display these imprisoned bloggers.
Feel bad I haven?t had time to do a decompress on the Internet as Playground & Factory conference recently put on at the New School. I didn?t feel much up for live blogging, for some reason, or even Tweeting, despite enticements to do so.
As a theme, it was intriguing. I was a bit concerned in the discussion that preceded the conference that there would be a particular focus on fairly abstract critical theory. Over the years, my enjoyment of super-abstract cultural theory has given way to tolerance. Too often, I worry that the language has obscured the precision of the ideas. Luckily, the pendulum has swung back from the extreme end of this, where verbal gymnastics was valued more than real ideas, and theorist rock stars attracted audiences not because of what they had to say but how they had to say it.
Web 2.0, a concept created by Tim O’Reilly in 2005, is useful. But it’s only a concept, not a technology.
It’s now possible to see progress within this concept. I suggest three defined phases, though there’s much blurring at the edges.
Wikipedia has been loosing editors at an alarming rate in recent months, reports the Wall Street Journal. In the first three months of this present year, Wikipedia lost 49 000 English-language editors, as compared to the 4 900 they lost during the same time frame the previous year. This has caused many to raise concern for the future of the fifth most-popular website on the Internet.
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Hamid Dabashi. A rather peculiar reference to a prominent nineteenth century philosopher made Mir Hossein Mousavi’s letter to Ayatollah Montazeri of some urgent interest. More than three months into the post-electoral crisis of June