#Europe agenda: “US alt-right joins Russia in anti-Macron attack [in French Elections]

US alt-right joins Russia in anti-Macron attack EUobserver.com – Headline News Right-wing US and UK social media users have tried to start an online “war” to stop Macron being elected, but with little success. Populism: The French election’s big winner AL JAZEERA ENGLISH (IN DEPTH) How outsider candidates threw the traditional left-right battle into disarray. Macron pushes republican … Read more

As European Commission urges ‘different type of relations’ with Turkey, “Ankara prosecutors launch probe into ex-French diplomat for ‘inciting’ Erdoğan’s assassination…

Commission urges ‘different type of relations’ with Turkey EurActiv.com by Georgi Gotev The European Union executive urged EU governments yesterday (24 April) to consider changing its relationship with Turkey after a referendum that handed President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan sweeping powers put Ankara’s stalled membership talks deeper into cold storage. PACE reopens monitoring process against Turkey The Parliamentary … Read more

#cyberculture agenda: A British citizen used a Google doc to disseminate tactical vote…

Meet the woman who created a Google doc on how to tactical vote  Mashable! by Liza Hearon The resistance is alive in Britain, and it’s armed with a spreadsheet. A super detailed, exquisitely crafted Google spreadsheet called “How to Vote to Stop the Tories” started doing the rounds on social media almost immediately after a snap … Read more

#Europe agenda: “Macron and Le Pen ‘through to run-off’ in French elections…

France elections: Macron and Le Pen ‘through to run-off’  BBC News | Europe | World Edition Projections see centrist Emmanuel Macron and far-right leader Marine Le Pen facing off on 7 May. Who are Marine Le Pen and Emmanuel Macron?  AL JAZEERA ENGLISH (IN DEPTH) The far-right female National Front leader will go head-to-head with the 39-year-old … Read more

#journalism agenda: Google on an international framework for digital evidence…Facebook wants to embrace great journalism [despite its algorithms…

Facebook wants to embrace great journalism — try telling that to their algorithms Mashable! by Jason Abbruzzese Facebook’s in the midst of a serious campaign to convince everyone how much it cares about journalism. Even at F8, the company’s giant developer conference taking place this week, it’s saucing on the charm. An international framework for digital evidence  The … Read more

Less than one week to go for the Referendum

Uber offers free rides on Turkish referendum day Reuters The offer only applies in Istanbul — a city of 15 million people — and is limited to … Uber launched in Istanbul in 2014 and has faced competition from a … Uber offers free rides on Turkish referendum day – Reuters Uber offers free rides on … Read more

#Europe Agenda: Demonstrations in Serbia and Hungary…

Thousands Protest In Belgrade Against Vucic For Sixth Day Today’s protest in Budapest (i.redd.it) Major protest in Hungary over Soros university law EurActiv.com by Georgi Gotev Hungary saw the biggest anti-government protest in three years on Sunday (9 April), as tens of thousands demonstrated against new higher education legislation seen as targeting the respected Central European … Read more

#Cyberculture agenda: “Twitter sues US government… “Alt-right bot army “rules trending topics” on Twitter…

Twitter sues US government over order to reveal anti-Trump account  The Next Web by Abhimanyu Ghoshal Twitter is suing the Trump administration over the demand for the company to reveal the identity of the user behind the account @ALT_uscis, which is critical of the current government’s immigration policies. A US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agent … Read more

#Europe agenda: Hungary’s populist politics trying to destroy a great university: Central European University

Central European University Under Threat in Populist Hungary Savage Minds: Notes and Queries in Anthropology — A Group Blog by Andria Timmer As guest blogger for the month, I’m going to be talking about Hungary, where I’ve been doing field research in since 2004. In doing so, I also have to talk about Trump. I don’t … Read more

#Journalism agenda: “Data Journalism Awards 2017: Call for submissions

Data Journalism Awards 2017: Call for submissions  The Official Google Blog by Simon RogersData Editor, Google News Lab With trust in journalism under attack, data journalism has never been more vital. And this year, for the sixth consecutive year, we’re proud to support the 2017 Data Journalism Awards. But you need to get your skates on: … Read more

While Reza Zarrab approaches pro-Trump persons for his legal team, another significant arrest happened: “Halkbank Deputy General Manager Arrested in US

Turk in Sanctions Case Adds Rudolph W. Giuliani to Legal Team NYT > Turkey by By BENJAMIN WEISER and MAGGIE HABERMAN The former mayor is close to President Trump, raising the question of whether he was retained to help resolve Reza Zarrab’s case with the Trump administration. Halkbank Deputy General Manager Arrested in US  Bianet :: English … Read more

#Europe agenda: “EU at 60: celebrations in turbulent times…

Debate: EU at 60: celebrations in turbulent times euro|topics On March 25, 1957, Belgium, Germany, France, Italy, Luxembourg and the Netherlands signed the Treaties of Rome – effectively the birth certificate of the European Union. Sixty years on the leaders of 27 EU states will once again convene in Rome and address the question of where … Read more

#Europe agenda: “EU workplace headscarf ban ‘can be legal’, says ECJ… ” new menace in Western Balkans is Trump-style populist politics…

Forget Russia, new menace in Western Balkans is Trump-style populist politics EurActiv.com by Denis MacShane A new menace is stalking the Western Balkans: the region’s political leaders themselves. Many are now retreating from serious engagement with Europe in order to play internal political games, writes Denis MacShane. Black flags from Rome: Mafia and Isis, as before Mafia … Read more

#anthropology roundup: “Ethnography in a time of upheaval…

Ethnography in a time of upheaval – Egypt before and after the ‘Arab spring’ open Democracy News Analysis – by Leila Zaki Chakravarti and Mona Abaza Even within the narrower parameters of public spaces, debates which might lead to issues around accountability and transparency are not hugely popular in the public eye. Snapshots of daily life: … Read more

#Cyberculture agenda: “Don’t Let WikiLeaks Scare You Off of Signal and Other Encrypted Chat Apps

Don’t Let WikiLeaks Scare You Off of Signal and Other Encrypted Chat Apps  Wired Top Stories by Brian Barrett Despite some initial confusion, the CIA hasn’t undermined Signal and other important end-to-end encrypted apps. The CIA Didn’t Break Signal or WhatsApp, Despite What You’ve Heard The Intercept by Sam Biddle There’s been one particularly misleading claim repeated … Read more