Online Censorship and Forms of Resistance: Experiences from Turkey

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The QRRC’s Global Digital Citizenship Lab and Academics for Peace (Turkey-Toronto) jointly present

“Online Censorship and Forms of Resistance: Experiences from Turkey”

BÜLAY DOGAN (Center for Advanced Research in Global Communication, UPenn, Philadelphia)
“Online Implications of Criminalization: Framing Hacktivism in Turkey”

DAGHAN IRAK (MédiaLab, Sciences Po, Paris)
“Criminalizing Dissent in Turkey: How the Offline Prevailed over the Online”

Discussant: GÜLAY KILICASLAN (Graduate Program in Sociology and GDCL, York University)

OISE Room 5240

Event description: 

With the rise of authoritarianism in Turkey, the Turkish state has intensified its control over information and communications technologies over the last decade. Increasingly, the AKP government perceives the internet, particularly social media platforms, as a threat to its rule and thus a target of censorship and control on many levels. Various policies, strategies, and techniques have been used to this effect, including restricting or denying access, content filtering, monitoring and manipulating online behaviour through government-sponsored online trolls, online spying, arresting and imprisoning citizens based on their social media posts, as well leveraging social media platforms to the government’s advantage. At the same time, the Turkish state has encountered many forms of resistance, with progressive actors and communities developing ways to bypass online censorship. Given this context, the panel brings together members of Academics for Peace in order to shed light on the digital repertoire of control, criminalization, contention, and hacktivism present under authoritarian regimes in general, and the case of Turkey, specifically.

Sponsored by the Department of Sociology’s Qualitative Research & Resource Centre and the York Research Chair in Global Digital Citizenship (Fuyuki Kurasawa)




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