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Big “kardeş” is watching: Turkish law restricts freedom of speech on the Internet

A new law in Turkey provides extreme powers to the local telecommunications operator, granting them the authority to block web sites for a privacy violation, without court orders.

The “Big brother” law, adopted by the Turkish parliament, raises the concerns of the Turkish press, over government control and violation of free speech rights.

Turks protest Internet censorship in 2011.

Turks protest Internet censorship in 2011.

Such a measure would make it mandatory for Turkish Internet providers to maintain detailed records of user activity, for a period of two years and surrender such data to the authorities, as requested.

The law conflicts with European standards on freedom of speech; Turkey is a candidate for membership to the European Union. In recent years, the Turkish public protested against numerous incidents of Internet censorship.

ICANN opened new offices in Istanbul, Turkey last year, and should be concerned about this social and technological degradation of Turkey.

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