Cyberculture agenda: “The Secret Gear Connecting Google’s Online Empire….

Revealed: The Secret Gear Connecting Google’s Online Empire Wired Top Stories by Cade Metz For a decade, Google has been building the networking equipment that runs its online empire in secret. Today, it’s raising the curtain. Who benefits from the ‘internet space race’?  Savage Minds: Notes and Queries in Anthropology — A Group Blog by Adam Fish … Read more

Eurosphere agenda: biggest-ever Eurovision…”Juncker greets Orbán with ‘Hello dictator!”…

Stage set for biggest-ever Eurovision  BBC News | Europe | World Edition Sweden, Russia and Italy are among the favourites to win the 60th annual Eurovision Song Contest, which takes place in Vienna later. Juncker greets Orbán with ‘Hello dictator!” European Commission head Jean-Claude Juncker teased Hungarian Premier Viktor Orbán over his strongman reputation Friday, jokingly … Read more

Clear cut: “The End of Turkey in Europe”/ “New Turkey” deconstructed in Open Democracy series…

The End of Turkey in Europe Freedom House – Nate Schenkkan – On December 17, 2013, Turkey woke up to mass police raids across the country. The chief executive of state-owned HalkBank was detained, and television stations showed shoeboxes stuffed with millions of American dollars pulled out from under his… Turkey’s politicians should not be let … Read more

a visual memorial for Mandela.. a literati roundup…

Mandela: a visual memorial VISUALIZING IMPACT 15 December 2013 ********************** World’s leading authors join surveillance of personal data debate Over 500 of the world?s leading authors released an open letter calling on governments to curb mass surveillance methods European Universities? Identity Crisis VÍCTOR PÉREZ-DÍAZDEC 10, Víctor Pérez-Díaz, President of the ASP Research Center in Madrid … Read more

When abroad, Turkish officials on a different line: “Gezi protests mark an important evolution on Turkey’s civil society”… A social fabric roundup…

Gezi protests mark an important evolution on Turkey’s civil society: EU envoy The Gezi protests represented a revolution for Turkish society, demonstrating that the country?s vibrant civil society was now becoming more active ******************* Nationalist party moves to dismiss mayor for sarcastic Kurdish billboard A MHP mayor faces dismissal from his party for a sarcastic billboard with … Read more

Marc Pierini: Individual Freedoms in Turkey

Individual Freedoms in Turkey MARC PIERINI Turkey?s ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) has witnessed economic success and launched major reforms, in particular writing a new constitution, negotiating with the Kurdistan Workers? Party, passing four judicial reform packages, and installing an ombudsman. In sharp contrast, the AKP?s exclusive reliance on its election victories for legitimacy … Read more

“The Rise of the ‘Edupunk’

The Rise of the ‘Edupunk’ At TIAA-CREF conference, higher ed braces for a new breed of tech-savvy students who won’t play by the old rules. more When Social Media Is Irrelevant At Sloan-C, academics discuss when fostering social intimacy in the online classroom environment is necessary, and when it might distract from more basic student … Read more