WJS piece: “How Turkey’s Erdogan became one of the world’s most determined Internet censors

How Turkey’s Erdogan became one of the world’s most determined Internet censors


ISTANBUL?Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan rode around Google Inc.GOOGL +0.68% headquarters last spring in the company’s self-driving car, tried on Google Glass eyewear and vowed to keep digitizing the economy in the country he has ruled since 2003.

Since then, the 60-year-old Mr. Erdogan has turned his democratically elected government into one of the world’s most determined Internet censors.

His political party passed laws letting him shut down websites without a court order and collect Web browsing data on individuals. He put a veteran spy in charge of Turkey’s telecommunications regulator…………..

Some Worry Prime Minister’s Tactics Could Become a Template for Other Countries …………



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