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Read in Turkish An Internet content filtering system that Turkey’s Information Technologies and Communications Authority (BTK) introduced on 22 November is proving controversial both domestically and abroad.The outcry has coincided with a conference on the Internet in Turkey that began in the southwestern city of Izmir on 30 November.It is supposed to protect Internet users, especially minors from “objectionable content” by censoring certain keywords.
After a legal bid by the news and human rights website Bianet to prevent the system’s introduction, the Alternative Information Association (Alternatif Bilisim Dernegi) petitioned the Council of State on 4 November to block it, claiming that it is illegal and unconstitutional.
Although use of the filtering system is optional, it is misleading.
Akdeniz said blocking a five-year-old child’s access to You Tube is understandable, but denying access for adolescents over 14 is exaggerated.
The BTK’s filtering system has not left Turkish Internet users indifferent.
The filtering criteria are defined by a commission consisting of 11 members.
As most of them are government officials, the commission’s independence and impartiality are questionable.It has so far drawn up a list of 130 “harmful” keywords in Turkish, English and German.It also includes such words as “mother-in-law,” “incest” and even “gay.” This eclectic and often discriminatory list will extend the censorship to ordinary news websites and prevention campaign sites, while encouraging homophobia.“The fact that is optional does not resolve the problems it creates.We are going to pursue our legal initiatives on behalf of free expression and democracy.” According to Akdeniz, those who install the “child” option cannot access evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins’ website (see screenshot below) but they can access the site of Adnan Oktar, an Islamic creationist.Very interesting, especially with the exhibition at Muse d%u2019Orsay in Paris, "Splendor and Misery: Images of Prostitution, 1850-1910", which includes Manet's Olympia.Tags: Adult Dating, affair dating, sex dating