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Formal Legal Notice Sent to the Legal Representatives of Twitter Inc

A Formal Legal Notice through a Notary Public has been sent by Law Professors Yaman Akdeniz & Kerem Altıparmak on 20 January 2015 for the termination of Twitter’s corporate practices that are in violation of human rights in Turkey.  A copy of the formal legal notice may be accessed through the below link: http://cyber-rights.org.tr/docs/Twitter_ihtar_ENG.pdf

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IGF Boycott Statement

IGF Boycott Statement 18 August, 2014 You can download a formatted and footnoted PDF version from here The objective of each annual IGF programme is to maximize the opportunity for open and inclusive dialogue and the exchange of idea; to build capacities amongst all stakeholders and benefit from the multi-stakeholder perspective of the IGF. The 2003 WSIS Geneva Declaration on…


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Interim Measure requested from the European Court of Human Rights with regards to the blocking of Twitter from Turkey

On Wednesday 26 March 2014, Dr. Yaman Akdeniz, Professor of Law at the Faculty of Law, Istanbul Bilgi University and Dr. Kerem Altıparmak, Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Political Sciences, Ankara University, Turkey applied to the European Court of Human Rights with regards to the blocking of Twitter from Turkey. Akdeniz & Altiparmak requested the European Court of Human Rights to issue…


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AİHM’e Twitter’ın Erişim Engellenmesi ile ilgili Tedbir Talepli Başvuru

İstanbul Bilgi Üniversitesi Hukuk Fakültesi Öğretim Üyesi Prof. Dr. Yaman Akdeniz ve Ankara Üniversitesi Siyasal Bilgiler Fakültesi Öğretim Üyesi Yrd. Doç. Dr. Kerem Altıparmak 26 Mart 2014 Çarşamba sabahı Telekomünikasyon İletişim Başkanlığı’nın hukuka açıkça aykırı olan twitter.com sitesine koyduğu erişim engelleme kararı ile ilgili tedbir talepli olarak Avrupa İnsan Hakları Mahkemesi’ne başvurdu. İngilizce olarak hazırlanmış olan AİHM başvuru dilekçesinin PDF sürümüne buradan…


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WSJ: Turkey Debates New Law to Control Web Users

The Wall Street Journal: Turkey Debates New Law to Control Web Users 13 January, 2014,  By Ayla Albayrak ISTANBUL—Buffeted by a corruption scandal that has snared dozens of his allies and rocked his administration, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan is seeking to bolster government control over the internet ahead of a crucial election cycle, provoking a backlash from opposition politicians and business…


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DW: Erdogan pushing Internet censorship forward

DW: Erdogan pushing Internet censorship forward  10 January, 2014 The Turkish government plans to further tighten its firm grip on the Internet by monitoring user activity and blocking sites for “privacy violations.” Activists are calling this a reaction to anti-government protests.   Turkey’s Family and Social Policy Ministry submitted a bill to parliament this week that would allow authorities to block…


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Financial Times: Turkey clamps down on internet as Erdogan tightens grip on power

Financial Times: Turkey clamps down on internet as Erdogan tightens grip on power January 12, 2014 4:27 pm, By Daniel Dombey in Istanbul Turkey is seeking to increase control over internet access at a time when the government is also tightening its grip on the country’s legal institutions in response to a corruption scandal. A legislative proposal put forward by the…


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Internet blocking practices a concern, access is a human right, says OSCE media freedom representative at launch of OSCE-wide study

Internet blocking practices a concern, access is a human right, says OSCE media freedom representative at launch of OSCE-wide study – Representative on Freedom of the Media 08.07.2011 VIENNA, 8 July 2011 – The Internet should remain free and access should be considered a human right, said the OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media Dunja Mijatović at the presentation…


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OSCE media freedom official to present report on Internet content regulation – Representative on Freedom of the Media

OSCE media freedom official to present report on Internet content regulation – Representative on Freedom of the Media VIENNA, 6 July 2011 – Dunja Mijatović, the OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media, will hold a news conference on Friday, 8 July, to present a new study on government efforts to regulate the Internet in the OSCE area. The study,…


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Hurriyet Daily News: European court asks Turkey to explain its Internet bans

Hurriyet Daily News: European court asks Turkey to explain its Internet bans Wednesday, March 9, 2011 ERISA DAUTAJ ŞENERDEM ISTANBUL – Hürriyet Daily News A European court has asked Turkish authorities to explain their use of the country’s law to ban websites, responding to applications by two complainants who say the bans violate their right to freedom of expression. ‘Users…