In Munich, Germany between 8-12 December…

I have been recently busy with overviewing recent literature on political trolls. This is for a workshop that will take place next weekend in Munich, Germany. I have been to Germany many times, but it is the first time to be in Munich. I was meaning to take a trip to Istanbul but it seems … Read more

#Europe agenda: Looks like French government retreated, for the moment…

What’s happening in France? The ‘yellow vest’ movement explained  AL JAZEERA ENGLISH (IN DEPTH) Here’s all you need to know about the French protest movement that has tested Emmanuel Macron’s presidency.     France protests: Will the environment be the true victim of the fuel-tax riots? BBC News | Europe | World Edition Campaigners warn nationwide protests … Read more

So after all, “Turkish prosecutors say ‘no concrete evidence of Ergenekon’s presence’

Turkish prosecutors say ‘no concrete evidence of Ergenekon’s presence’ Hurriyet Daily News The prosecution of a court case involving a reported conspiracy to overthrow Turkey’s government dating back a decade has said the existence of the organization in question could not be conclusively proven, according to judicial sources on Friday. In the meantime, Turkish court keeps Selahattin … Read more

#Cyberculture agenda: PEW report on “Teens’ Social Media Habits and Experiences”

50,000 printers hacked to help PewDiePie keep his YouTube crown The Next Web by Ivan Mehta The battle for YouTube supremacy between Swedish vlogger PewDiePie and Indian record label T-Series is getting more intense than you could imagine: In order to give PewDiePie an edge, someone hacked 50,000 printers around the world to ask people to subscribe … Read more

#Europe agenda: “Gilets jaunes” riots in Paris…

  France Considers State of Emergency Following Worst Riots Since 1968  Slate Articles by Daniel Politi It was a tough homecoming for French President Emmanuel Macron. As soon as he stepped off the plane from the Group of 20 summit, he found himself in the middle of a political crisis following the worst riots to hit Paris since 1968. … Read more

“Jealousy” at G20 Summit

A Reddit post:   In the mean time: Putin and Saudi crown prince high five  BBC News | Europe | World Edition The Russian president was due to discuss the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi with Mohammed bin Salman. Trump cancels formal meeting with Erdoğan at G-20 summit US Embassy in Ankara’s new home: Malcolm X Street The … Read more

Only the good die young. “3 Years Without Tahir Elçi…

3 Years Without Tahir Elçi… Bianet :: English Diyarbakır Bar Association Chair Tahir Elçi, who was murdered in front of the Four-Legged Minaret in Sur in Diyarbakır in 2015, has been commemorated by his colleagues, friends, relatives, family and loved ones. In other news: UK court rejects Turkish extradition request for media boss World news: Turkey | … Read more

#Anthropology roundup: “Claude Lévi-Strauss: Remembering the French anthropologist on his 110th birth anniversary…

Claude Lévi-Strauss: Remembering the French anthropologist on his 110th birth anniversary Firstpost Claude Lévi-Strauss: Remembering the French anthropologist on his 110th birth anniversary  Firstpost Anthropologist: Tribe that killed missionary are ‘peace-loving people’ New York Post Anthropologist: Tribe that killed missionary are ‘peace-loving people’  New York Post Why Some People Thrive in Winter The Atlantic Why Some People Thrive in Winter  The … Read more

#Journalism agenda: “Here’s why low-credibility news seems to dominate Twitter…

Here’s why low-credibility news seems to dominate Twitter The Next Web by Tristan Greene  / With the entire world seemingly up in arms over “fake news,” you’d think it would have been wiped out by now. Yet low-credibility content continues to thrive on social media thanks to the disproportionately influential effect that social media bots have on … Read more

#Cyberculture agenda: “MIT Media Lab announces this year’s Disobedience Prize winners: #MeToo and #MeTooSTEM

MIT Media Lab announces this year’s Disobedience Prize winners: #MeToo and #MeTooSTEM Boing Boing by Cory Doctorow For the second year now, the MIT Media Lab has awarded a “Disobedience Prize” of $250,000, no strings attached, awarded to people whose disobedient work has benefitted society; this year’s prize is share among three leaders of the #MeToo and … Read more

Turkey’s inadvertent tribute to Stephen Hillenburg, the creator of SpongeBob 

R.I.P to Stephen Hillenburg, the visionary creator of “SpongeBob SquarePants”… The only good part of this historical castle renovation fkup is what in the end looks like…   Historic castle in Istanbul turns into ‘SpongeBob’ after restoration

#anthropology roundup: “Who are the Sentinelese? 60,000-yr-old tribe in focus after American John Chau’s death

Who are the Sentinelese? 60,000-yr-old tribe in focus after American John Chau’s death The News Minute Who are the Sentinelese? 60,000-yr-old tribe in focus after American John Chau’s death  The News Minute The ‘isolated’ tribe that killed a 26-year-old American missionary has been contacted by the outside world at least 11 times before — here’s what happened INSIDER … Read more

Paranoid style forces Open Society Foundations to pull out of Turkey…

George Soros’s Open Society Foundations to pull out of Turkey World news: Turkey | by Reuters in Istanbul Decision comes after Turkish president accuses billionaire philanthropist of trying to destroy nations Soros foundation to end work in Turkey amid ‘baseless claims’ BBC News | Europe | World Edition The Open Society Foundation said “baseless claims” about its … Read more

#Europe agenda: France fuel protests: Police in Paris fire tear gas [And Turkish Foreign Ministry condemns (!)

EU hates cryptocurrency and likes blockchain – for all the wrong reasons The Next Web by Mix The European Commission – the executive arm of the European Union – is a supporter of the common “blockchain, not Bitcoin” adage, it seems. At a blockchain roundtable session earlier this week, the Commission announced a new distributed ledger initiative … Read more

Women in Istanbul wanted to march against violence and they ended up being exposed to violence…

The Women's March in Istanbul banned. Saturday Mothers' weekly memorial gatherings banned. And, Istanbul Pride, banned. Events we became used to seeing have turned into moments of teargas and arrests (photo: @gulsumkav). To think once the AKP prided themselves on these freedoms. — Louis Fishman لوي فيشمان לואי פישמן (@Istanbultelaviv) November 25, 2018 November 25 … Read more

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