This report presents an up-to-date assessment of internet rights in Turkey, and has been prepared to coincide with the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) 2014 which is being hosted by Turkey in Istanbul from 2–5 September 2014. The IGF is a space that strives for a democratic and inclusive internet and this report assesses the Turkish government’s respect for international human rights standards in relation to freedom of expression online.
Years before Edward Snowden leaked his first document, human rights lawyers and activists were concerned about a dramatic expansion in law enforcement and foreign intelligence agencies’ efforts to spy on the digital world. It had become evident that legal protections had not kept pace with technological developments – that the state’s practical ability to spy on the world had developed in a way that permitted it to bypass the functional limits that have historically checked its ability to spy.
The internet is a critical way to push for the progressive realisation of people’s rights – but, through communications surveillance, its potential to be used as a tool for collective, democratic action is slowly being eroded.
Using the 13 International Principles on the Application of Human Rights to Communications Surveillance as a basis, this Global Information Society Watch (GISWatch) considers the state of surveillance in 53 countries. Eight thematic reports frame the key issues at stake.
Online surveillance, security and privacy are concerns that have been central to human rights activists for years – but with the recent revelations by former National Security Agency (NSA) contractor Edward Snowden of United States (US) government spying on citizens, the issues have reached global attention.
Dos de las más recientes ediciones del Monitor mundial sobre la sociedad de la información ya están disponibles impresas, y pueden pedirse en línea. Se alienta a activistas, académicos y hacedores de políticas a solicitar copias de “Derechos en internet y democratización” e “Internet y corrupción” a través de un nuevo servicio en línea.
Deux des versions les plus récentes de l'Observatoire mondial de la société de l'information sont maintenant disponibles sur demande. Les activistes, universitaires et décideurs peuvent dès à présent commander leurs copies de « Droits de l’internet et démocratisation » et « L'internet et la corruption » sur un nouveau service en ligne.
Two of the most recent print editions of Global Information Society Watch are now available for on-demand ordering. Activists, academics and policy makers are encouraged to order copies of “Internet rights and democratisation” and “The internet and corruption” through a new, online service.
The 2012 update on action steps for selected countries of GISWatch 2011, conducted with support from the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency, looks back at progress in freedom of expression and association for 10 countries: Jamaica, Rwanda, Lebanon, Romania, Indonesia, Cameroon, Argentina, Brazil, India and Nigeria.