[seedig] Youth IGF Turkey 2017 has been held in Istanbul: November 26, 2017

Gurkan Ozturan gurkhan at gmail.com
Thu Dec 7 12:56:03 CET 2017

Dear all,
This is coming with a little delay, but below & on attachment you may find
the English version of Youth IGF Turkey 2017 report.

Youth IGF Turkey 2017 has been held in Istanbul

Youth Internet Governance Forum Turkey (Youth IGF Turkey) has been held at
the shared working space of Istanbul Kadıköy Municipality, IDEA on November
26, Sunday. There were three main sessions on access, security and media,
with participation of more than 30 participants.

Preparations for the Youth IGF Turkey had started in September, with calls
for topic submissions. Annual theme and main session areas have been set
through submission of dozens of proposals, for the one day forum organised
in leadership of Turkey-Europe Foundation, Internet Society (ISOC), and
nic.tr. More than 100 applications were received from across Turkey for the
forum with theme on “Impact of Access on Youth” and 30 of them have been


At the opening session, organising committee members Gurkan Özturan talked
on the last three years of Youth IGF Turkey, Su Sonia Herring talked on
Introduction to Internet Governance, Fatma Işkın Demirel talked on Rules &
Regulations on Domain Names. Prior to the start of main sessions, Member of
European Parliament, D66’s Marietta Schaake’s support message was played
for the participants. Schaake in her message reiterated the significance of
discussing the issues related to internet governance and youth
participation in these discussions.

During the first session, research assistant Elif Sert from Istanbul Bilgi
University has given a talk on access, and also presented details of
Freedom on the Net 2017 report. Ending with a note that “access is a human
right” next speaker, Emre Taşgın the chairperson of Visually Impaired in
Education Association (EGED) took the floor. Taşgın’s speech focused on the
limitations the disabled face online and his speech has received a volume
of feedback from participants. Numerous people among participants have
stated that they would show efforts to develop an application for the
visually impaired. EGED Chair Taşgın also screened a short film called
“Undisabled Campus” at the end of his speech. Finally a call has been made
by the end of the session for universal access design during web
development, to enable easy-closure or total cancellation of pop-up videos
that open automatically when visiting some websites -for the ease of
visually impaired users- and to include verbal definition and lower texts
for visual images.

In the second session on security, Dr. Enis Karaaslan has given an
interactive talk on philosophy of security, multi-layer security
understanding, and usability of security & proportionality. Moreover, he
mentioned the necessities of having highest level of security for all
devices and to hold a reasonable level of risk analysis at all times, and
not to prevent ease of use.

The final session on media welcomed two journalists; Serhat Ayan of TKNLJ
and Gokhan Biçici of dokuz8NEWS. Topics on development of digital
journalism and the rise of citizen journalism have been discussed with
references to early 1990s and 2000s. Moreover, foresight on media practices
in digital platforms, indulging in thematic fields and personalised media
fields have been reiterated.

Net neutrality was also discussed during media session and the significance
of right to access information and to approach news through a creative and
up-to-date technology have been highlighted.

Youth IGF Turkey 2017 has ended with announcement that next Youth IGF
Turkey combined with the National IGF Turkey in 2018 will be held in June.
The messages and outstanding statements from the discussions during Youth
IGF Turkey 2017 will be brought to Global IGF meeting in Switzerland’s
Geneva between December 18-21.

Gürkan Özturan
(+90) 542 741 5563
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