Cyberculture agenda: “The causes of selfie-related fatalities

The causes of selfie-related fatalities Boing Boing by Mark Frauenfelder The most common way to die from taking a selfie is falling from a heights, followed by drowning. From Priceonomics: How Snapchat’s Evolving, One Small Update at a Time (and Why You Need to Pay Attention) Social Media Today by Andrew Hutchinson Snapchat announced two significant updates last … Read more

More than 3 thousand university students are in prison in Turkey… Dispatches…

Opposition party (CHP) deputy  Veli Ağbaba in a press meeting today pointed out that more than 3 thousand university students are in prison. Most of them are due to non-violent crimes like commemorating a revolutionary leader of 1970s… News in Turkish   Report emphasizes Erdoğan’s impact on decline of democracy in Turkey Freedom House’s annual report … Read more

Journalism roundup: “Social Journalism on the Rise

Social Journalism on the Rise The way we get our news and how news is reported has changed drastically in the past decade, and with social media comes a rise of social journalism that is once again evolving the current state and future impact of journalism. What does it mean to run “product” in a news organization? … Read more

Cengiz Aktar (@AktarCengiz): Is Erdogan rewriting history?

Is Erdogan rewriting history?   Rewriting history according to one’s own religious beliefs is a highly controversial and perilous enterprise. Cengiz Aktar Cengiz Aktar is Senior Scholar at Istanbul Policy Center. As a former director at the United Nations where he spent 22 years of his professional life, Aktar is one of the leading advocates … Read more

Erdoğan repeated age long Islamist argument against gender equality. No equality but complementarity…

…. in which men have the upper hand and women are relegated to motherhood… Recep Tayyip Erdoğan: ‘women not equal to men’  World news: Turkey | Turkish president also accused feminists of not understanding special status attributed to mothers by Islam Turkish PM targets Wikipedia amid ‘censorship’ of sexual articles Prime Minister Davutoğlu has slammed the use … Read more

EFD Rights Watch: Turkey now BANS Wikipedia Turkish entries on Vagina and Human Penis…

You can access particular entries through https:// but not through http:// ……… The Anatomy of Vagina Censorship in Turkey Bianet :: English Wikipedia’s entry in Turkish for “vagina” has been censored. However, both service provider, telecommunication authorities and service providers union deny the situation, leaving the actor and reason of the censorship as mystery. ******************************* Columnist Acquits … Read more

Anthropology roundup: ” Collaborations between ethnographers and data scientists…”Weaponizing Anthropology

Finding The Anthropology In Latin Dance Music WNPR News “If I’m going to talk about dancing, I’m going to try to look at a very deep and emotional and anthropological, even biological side, of it,” he says. “What it means, music and dancing, for us, as a species.” Drexler is not your ordinary songwriter: He .   Weaponizing Anthropology: … Read more

Washington Post piece on Laureate, the owner of Bilgi University

Laureate, a for-profit education firm, finds international success (with a Clinton?s help) Dado Galdieri/Bloomberg – Douglas Becker, the chairman and chief executive officer of Laureate Education, listens during a panel discussion at the Clinton Global Initiative Latin America in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in this 2013 file photo…..

Cyberculture roundup: “Snowden applies for asylum in Russia…”Marissa Mayer and Yahoo: A Look Back at Year One

Snowden applies for asylum in Russia Fugitive US intelligence leaker Edward Snowden has applied for temporary asylum in Russia from inside Moscow’s airport, officials say. Spies and whistleblowers Edward Snowden, a former contractor for the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency, has been trapped in the transit lounge of Sheremetyevo airport MAIN FOCUS: Snowden wants asylum in … Read more

Egypts’s new president (!) and a roundup…

Egypt : The Next President This 12 years old boy is just stunningly, incredibly smart. Listen to him as he excoriates the Muslim Brotherhood, relentlessly dissecting their power grab for Egypt. Beyond the middle class military coup The situation in Egypt today rekindles the debate about middle class military coups in the 1960s and 1970s.   … Read more