Umut Mustafa Gocmen

Creative Copywriter, TEDxAlsancak


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Twitter is blocked in Turkey. What's next?

Internet provides a portal for the free exchange of ideas and internet censorship is dangerous for freedom. Ultimately, the battle against the openness and connectivity embodied by the Internet is a losing one. Walls are built then scaled, raised then circumvented. Twitter is blocked in Turkey but tweets still fly. So what's next? Facebook, Youtube, Google, democracy, freedom, humanity?

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    Mar 22 2014: Government leaders must accept that they do not have the power to prevent conversations from taking place. They only have the choice of whether to participate in them. And you can be sure that if people are banned from social media they will find other ways to voice their opinions. / Douglas Frantz
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    Apr 4 2014: If those in power are insecure, or have something to hide, they will fear Twitter, fb, YouTube .... If not, they'll take it in their stride - and even see it as a reflection of their status.

    The fact that the Turkish government has blocked Twitter indicates to me that the government is comprised of either corrupt or emotionally insecure individuals.

    What next? Use political satire and comic parody. Take the piss out of them. It will do their over inflated egos good.

    Google "Spitting Image" if you need any pointers. It would be a perfect format for YouTube! :-)
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    Mar 30 2014: MAP: Here Are the Countries That Block Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube

    On Thursday, the Turkish government blocked the country's access to YouTube, after banning Twitter earlier this month, in an effort to quell anti-government sentiment prior to local elections on March 30. Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan says that social networks are facilitating the spread of wiretapped recordings that have been politically damaging. The YouTube block reportedly came about after a video surfaced of government officials discussing the possibility of going to war with Syria. The government officially banned Twitter after the network refused to take down an account accusing a former minister of corruption. Twitter is challenging the ban and a Turkish court overturned it on Wednesday, but it's not yet clear how an appeal might play out.
  • Mar 28 2014: Umut

    To try to answer the question---Whats next?
    As electronic barricades are circumvented, population coercion, intimidation, jailings and executions are next. It is the old fashion method and wildly successful. The French Underground continued to work under these conditions and the cost, horrendous.
    As the Obama Administration readies the handover of the internet to others, Turkey, China, Russia and so on; greater sophistication for control and turnoff of this resource will be availed to those who would limit or prohibit its use.
    Perhaps a country will take to licensing a person to access the internet; after screening, a fee and censoring is in place.
    Do not underestimate the power and mind set of a political agenda. When the ends justifies the means savagery is in style.
    The world teeters on swift and profound change and, I fear, America is complicit.
    By the way, with reference to the loss of democracy---"Democracy is the only road to socialism." Karl Marx. Following is, "Socialism is the only road Marxism." Quite evident here in America.
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      Mar 30 2014: Ankara (AFP) - Turkey banned YouTube on Thursday after the video-sharing website was used to spread damaging leaked audio files from a state security meeting debating possible military action in Syria.

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      The recording purports to be of senior Turkish government, military and spy officials discussing plans to stage an armed clash in Syria or a missile attack that would serve as a pretext for a military response.

      Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan -- already ensnared in a corruption scandal and hit by recent mass protests ahead of crucial local elections on Sunday -- angrily lashed out at his political opponents for leaking the recording.

      "They have leaked something on YouTube today," he told a campaign rally in the southeastern province of Diyarbakir. "It was a meeting on our national security. It is a vile, cowardly, immoral act. We will go into their caves. Who are you serving by eavesdropping?"