What is most disappointing about the Turkish official position that hosts IGF is that in internet governance matters not a single inch change occurred. They do not have the manpower to make their propaganda or change discourses to try to persuade critics.
One of the major panels Turkey hosted was unsurprisingly on “child safety”. One might admire how Turks are so sensitive about the child safety. But figures shows opposite. Many child rights violations- including child brides issue- happen offline and Turkish government gives in to customs instead of challenging and in some cases some officials actually encourage violations. But when it comes to internet, Turkish officials become number one child safety advocates. In the panel, there was not much but the same gross arguments. An official explicitly said social media is not good for children so they discourage. This stunned many foreigners since they took the panel seriously they sincerely thought this panel was for child safety issues. We in fact prepared a series of questions that could actually clear Turkish arguments. However, the foreign moderator rudely intervened and did not let us questions. I guess Turkish officials actually found some to cooperate with. One question was that when child safety was used as a pretext- frequently indeed- to block sites, could it be possible to explain what kind of violation intended.
Net neutrality and some other criticial issues were not on the agenda of BTK (Turkish Department in Charge of Internet Communications) officials. What BTK did was to send its officials to panels in which Turkish citizens would present. So BTK people were in a kind of intelligence gathering against their own citizens.
Without shame, in Google Tent event, another BTK official stated that all blocks were due to court decisions and government has nothing to do. We did not need to ask why then in corruption case, Erdoğan’s son did not go to court but instead thousands of policemen and judicial positions were redeployed in order to stop judicial process.
Finally, Minister in charge made fool of himself in the opening ceremony by throwing a bunch numbers to declare how Turkey was developed in Internet communications. Like his master, he was glad to offer how many broadband subscribers Turkey had or he was glad to talk of a Fatih project nobody knows what that is about…
Critics of IGF should actually be happy that Turkey could not use the meeting for her propaganda but made herself being viciously criticized by many participants….. Not to mention the fact that glorious Turkish State could not offer free food to participants which happened in previous IGF meetings. Such stinginess!
This Story piece includes many links about IGF and IUF: https://storify.com/dadaruh/igf-and-iuf
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